Programme to distribute saplings evokes good response from schoolchildren
MC kicks off the programme as part of its silver jubilee celebrationsStudents of various schools receive saplings of a number of fruit-bearing treesThe aim of the programme is to make Vijayawada a green city, says Gulzar
VIJAYAWADA: Sporting a National Green Corps cap, Reshma, along with four of her ninth class colleagues of Bishop Azaraiah School, enthusiastically walked up to the dignitaries and received the guava sapling from the hands of Municipal Commissioner Natarajan Gulzar.
Asking her what she proposed to do with the sapling elicited a quick and confident answer: "I will plant it in whatever little space available in my house." Was she confident of taking care of the plant? "Yes, certainly. I will water it every day," Reshma answered without any hesitation.
Like Reshma, a large number of students of various schools were visibly thrilled to receive saplings of a number of fruit-bearing trees, including coconut, pomegranate and jack fruit, and various avenue plants from the hands of officials and corporators of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) at a programme organised in Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium grounds on Thursday.
The VMC kicked off the programme of distribution of saplings free of cost to denizens as part of its silver jubilee celebrations.
Varshika and other ninth class students of Nalanda Vidya Niketan had no hesitation to receive the saplings despite all being hostellers.
"We will plant them on our hostel premises," Varshika said in an assuring tone, while her friend chipped in: "I am planning to send this to my parents at Hyderabad."
Some students were more practical. Even as the VMC officials kept calling upon every student to take back home at least one sapling, some hesitated.
"When I have no place at home to plant any saplings, why waste it," wondered aloud a student of APS Municipal High School, Krishnalanka.
Students of Government as well as private schools in the city marked the occasion by taking out two impressive rallies that culminated at the stadium. While the first rally wound its way from Tummalapallivari Kshetrayya Kala Kshetram, the other one commenced at Benz Circle.
Mr. Gulzar said the aim of the programme was to make Vijayawada a green city and thereby provide some relief to denizens from the sweltering heat during every summer.
He wanted students to plant the saplings not just in the premises of their homes but also in any vacant site in their localities.
The VMC will continue the programme of free distribution of saplings every day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. till July 1 at Head Water Works, Gandhiji Municipal Corporation reservoir, Housing Board Colony Park, Gandhinagar reservoir, Singhnagar reservoir, Rajivnagar reservoir, Indira Gandhi Stadium complex, VMC circle-III office (Patamata) and Veterinary Colony park.