MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Thursday inaugurated a 25-acre park in Thane having more than 3,500 trees that will generate 8.84 lakh pounds of oxygen annually. Shinde named the facility ‘Namo Grand Central Park’ and said it was a tribute to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visionary leadership. It has been envisioned on the lines of the iconic Grand Central Park in New York and London’s Hyde Park. It has theme gardens, fitness zones and recreational spaces and is a testament to the city’s commitment to “green urbanism and community wellbeing,” an official claimed.
“The park has 3,500 trees and will generate 8.84 lakh pounds of oxygen annually. A standout feature is the 31000 square foot skate park, which is India’s largest. There are also plans to build an extension of the park on a 4.5 acre plot to further enhance visitor experience,” he said. Shinde said the city has got an “oxygen park” and directed officials to ensure its cleanliness is maintained at all times. He also asked Thane Municipal Commissioner Abhijit Bangar to develop a snow park so that “residents get a taste of Kashmir.”