Kolkata: Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital is the first hospital in the state to have a vertical garden on its campus near Moulali.The saplings have been planted on the walls of the hospital building spreading over an area of almost 900 square feet. According to an official of the hospital, this is a first of its kind and no medical colleges or dental colleges have come up with the idea so far. The responsibility of maintaining the garden lies with the alumni association of the dental college. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaIt is believed that other hospitals may follow the footsteps of the Asia’s oldest dental college. Dr Subhra Nandy, secretary, Dr.R.Ahmed Dental College and Hospital Alumni Association said: “We are grateful to the State Health department, College authority for this innovative concept.” The decision to put up vertical garden was taken as it is easy to maintain and in the age of a space crunch in the Metropolis the idea would contribute to enhance the greenery. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe project will also give added values to increase green cover on the hospital campus. It may be mentioned that New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has already set up a vertical garden in New Town. NKDA chalked out a unique plan of putting up flower pots to set up green vertical gardens on Metro rail pillars as a part of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s ‘Save Green and Stay Clean’ project. The project is the only of its kind in the country, where flower pots have been put up on Metro pillars to set up vertical gardens along the Airport-Garia Metro railway route. The Eastern Railway had also taken up a pioneering step for providing more green cover towards a ‘Swachh’ and purified environment at Railway premises by installing vertical wall garden at Sealdah station. This vertical wall garden at Sealdah station will help in purifying the contaminated air in the heavily crowded area with millions of passengers commuting every day.