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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Program Approved for Greener City

City Hall on Tuesday approved a program to plant trees, bushes and grass in order to boost the amount of green space across the city.

The program, set to run through 2020, would increase the amount of green space per resident from 21 square meters to 25 square meters, RIA-Novosti reported.

Under the program, 30 percent of any area designated for residential construction is to be set aside for green space, First Deputy Mayor Vladimir Resin told a city government meeting, RIA-Novosti said.

The program calls for 14,700 trees, 70,700 bushes and 250 hectares of grass to be planted in the city this year alone.

While many Muscovites complain about heavy pollution in the city, Alexander Kuzmin, head of City Hall's architecture committee, told Tuesday's meeting that Moscow -- with some 33,800 hectares where trees and bushes grow naturally -- is one of the greenest cities in Europe.

"And we will be ahead of the entire planet if we manage to make 5,000 more hectares of Moscow territory green," Kuzmin was quoted on the City Hall web site as saying.