Residents of Vijayanagar third stage here have turned “green activists” as they have successfully prevailed upon the Forest Department, the Mysore Urban Development Authority (which formed the layout) and the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) to provide green cover to their locality. As part of the plan, flower- and fruit-bearing saplings will be planted.

Owing to the efforts of the Vijayanagar Residents' Welfare Committee, more than 4,000 saplings will be planted in the locality within the next week.

The tree-planting drive was launched at the Sri Saptamatruka Chowdeshwari temple here on Tuesday.

Mayor Sandesh Swamy and MLA Satyanarayana were present on the occasion.

Ravi Kumar of the residents' welfare committee told The Hindu that saplings would be planted alongside roads and storm-water drains. “While the cost incurred thereby will be borne by MUDA and the Forest Department, we as residents will look after the plants' growth,” he said.

Mr. Kumar said the saplings planted in front of houses in the locality would be adopted by the residents.

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