His visit was meant to study the painting of tree trunks in Mumbai in typical red and white colours using Sinopia and lime.
Trees trunks in Mumbai are painted red and white using Sinopia and Lime
According to BMC officials, recently, Sultan Tuanku Sallehuddin of Malaysia’s Kedah state visited Mumbai when he noticed the red and white colours on the tree trunks in Mumbai.
On his return, he asked officials to find out the reasons for the colours and check if they help to protect the trees.
Taking a cue from the Sultan, Malaysian consulate officials visited the BMC’s garden department in Byculla.
Nadzir met Jitendra Pardeshi, the BMC’s superintendent of gardens who explained to him why tree trunks in Mumbai are painted with a coating of Sinopia and lime.
Officials explained to Nadzir that the dual coating protects the trees from fungi and insects.
Apart from this, information about various activities being implemented by the garden department was also given to Nadjir during the visit.
Nadjir appreciated the work of the garden department of the corporation.
Nadzir presented a book on parks in Malaysia to the garden department while the garden department gifted Nadzir a Bonsai Banyan tree.
Nadzir said that based on the information taken from the BMC’s garden department he would also authorities in Malaysia to also paint trees there with Sinopia and lime.
“Sinopia has acidic properties. Lime, on the other hand, has alkaline properties. Proper application of both sinopia and lime helps to control the fungus in such trees. In areas where it rains more, trees are more likely to get mold. Therefore, even in rain-fed areas like Mumbai, trees are more likely to get moldy. To prevent the fungus from spreading, Sinopia, which has acidic properties, is applied to the lower part of the trunk, while lime, which has alkaline properties, is applied on the upper part,” an official said.