HIDCO joins hands with NGO to grow organic vegetables at Swapno Bhor
Kolkata: Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) along with an NGO is growing organic vegetables at Swapno Bhor, the first citizen's park in
HIDCO is taking professional expertise from an NGO to grow organic vegetables. The vegetables that are grown include Cabbage, Cauliflower and Broccoli among others. Compost is used instead of chemical fertilisers.
The senior citizens who are members of Swaono Bhor are supervising the project.
Initially it was thought that the members will be engaged in gardening. But it become difficult for them to do gardening because of lack of expertise. It may be mentioned that in India only a handful people know how to do proper gardening.
Gardens of different kinds that are found like on the roof top or even kitchen gardens are maintained by people and in most cases the owners have no idea as to how to maintain them. The vegetables that are grown here will be sold in the market. Organic vegetables are gaining popularity and people have started buying them. It may be mentioned that Snehodiya, the multi-storey building with 100 flats for the elderly people that is coming up opposite Swapno Bhor will have infrastructure where residents can coach students coming from economically challenged background as a part of social engagement.
Swapno Bhor, which stands on a land of three-acre has a sprawling lawn and a two-storey building where the members come and take part in cultural shows. There is a library and rooms for indoor games. Several steps have been taken to keep the senior citizens engaged socially.