Hyderabad: A majority of residential colonies in Hyderabad usually depend on municipal authorities for the upkeep of their environments and the neighbourhood. Residents quite often struggle to maintain open and vacant lands in their colonies, which over a period of time become very hard to clean-up due to infestation of weeds and unwanted bushes.
Contrary to depending on the help of authorities, the residents of Sai Baba Officers Colony, Sainikpuri, as part of ‘Green Sainikpuri’ initiative have devised a unique way of sprucing up their neighbourhood.
The residents have hit upon a novel scheme to convert their open and vacant spaces into parking areas, play zone and even are using some parts of the land for vegetable cultivation. They also are generating their own vermi compost and beautifying the entire colony with pots of plants and building vertical gardens with recycling plastic bottles.
“Making the most use of tree shades and roadside space, we came up with the idea of placing street benches and plant pots at 20 identified locations in the 30 acres of colony area. Under the project, 70 plant pots and 20 street benches were introduced,” says C.S. Chandrashekhar, president, Sai Baba Officers Colony Welfare Association.
Bougainvillaea plants were introduced in the pots and the vertical garden was designed from recycled water bottles. “The beautification and development works are carried out using annual subscription amount of the colony welfare association,” he said.
To provide enough nutrients to vegetables that are grown in the colony, the residents collaborated with the Department of Horticulture to learn the art of making vermicompost.
“We learnt the proper way of segregating domestic waste and use it to prepare compost for the plants. Sanitary waste, however, is handled by GHMC sanitation staff,” he said.
Instead of speed breakers, the residents are planning to introduce zebra crossings designed in an innovative way.
“The concept is that at temple zones, zebra crossings will be marked with a variety of flower combinations. At schools zones, signage will be marked with different cartoon characters and books. We have also planned to come up with musical key connotations at some places,” residents said.