According to officials, the decision to switch out the vegetable farms for flowerbeds will improve the aesthetics of the railroad line. It is intended to cultivate floriculture on about 150 acres of railway land spread across about 115 places in the Mumbai division.
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Green vegetables including spinach, fenugreek, and okra have been grown beside the railroad rails for the past few decades. The railways had granted its personnel permission to conduct farming on a lease there as part of the “Grow More Food” programme in order to prevent the invasion of these open places.
However, when it was discovered that wastewater was frequently utilised for irrigation, concerns were raised.
According to railroad officials, planting flowers next to the tracks will improve the passenger experience on trains and solve the issue of growing vegetables using drainage water.
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“Instead, cultivation of flowers, medicinal herbs and ornamental plants will be permitted on the leased railway land and we have identified around 150 acres of land at around 115 locations in Mumbai division of the Central Railway,” he said.