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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) K East Ward, which includes Andheri (East), plans to convert a three-acre plot in the industrial zone in Marol into an urban forest. 

The site was selected after the Mumbai Climate Action Plan stated that the Marol industrial estate had the lowest tree cover in the city with high mean land surface temperature.

An urban forest encompasses the trees and shrubs in an urban area along the streets and utility corridors. In addition, the three-acre plot also runs along the Mithi River, which the BMC aims to develop as a buffer zone and water retention zone.

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The project is estimated to cost INR 6 crores. The study indicated an increase in land surface temperature over a decade, before and after the Metro Line 1 was built.

As per reports, the observed land surface temperature along the Metro stretch before the construction between 2005 and 2010 has been 29.27 degrees Celsius to 33.64 degrees Celsius. However, after Metro construction, there has been an increase in land surface temperature from 32.65 to 38.83 degrees Celsius.

Moreover, the civic body said the urban forest will increase vegetation cover, lower mean land surface temperature and develop accessible public open space.

Earlier, the Brihnamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in its budget this year announced to implement “tactical urbanism” across the city.

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