KU acquires a green hue

Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao
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Greenery project launched decades ago yields excellent results

Pleasant atmosphere:The lush green environs of Kakatiya University in Warangal.– Photo: M. Murali
Pleasant atmosphere:The lush green environs of Kakatiya University in Warangal.– Photo: M. Murali

For many people winter means cough, cold and sore throats. But for the nature lovers, it offers unending joy. Especially, when one takes a long walk through the tall grown trees on Kakatiya University campus, one cannot resist marvelling at the creator’s dexterity.

One can find beautiful patches of lush green lawns and dotting wide variety of flowers in all hues, shapes and sizes. The 1.4 kilometre stretch of road between first and second gates on the campus are covered overhead by thick foliage, the contrasting colours of roses, hibiscus, ixora, bougainvillea and others amaze the morning walkers.

Indeed, it wakes up a poet or a philosopher within as one wonders how the flowers assume different colours and shapes.

As part of the massive greenery project launched by the then Governor Kumud Ben Joshi on the 650 acre campus, the efforts put in over decades seems to have yielded expected results. Now, one can virtually find a beautiful lawn in front of every department and vast stretches of green trees in open spaces amidst the buildings.

Public Relations Officer Vedantham Krishnama Charya said forest department adopted the campus for three years developing social forestry in 100 acres between 2000 and 2003. They developed excellent avenue plants, fruit bearing and shade giving trees at every possible space. Now, the university had taken up landscapes growing shrubs and climbers.

"There are about 10 to 12 small gardens and beautiful landscapes with carpet grass on the campus. Over half-a-dozen new departments are coming where similar work will be taken up soon,” he explained.

The greenery with aesthetic angle added new dimension to the campus where new buildings are fast coming up as part of infrastructure development.

Speaking to The Hindu , vice-principal of campus college, K. Damodar Rao, said the greenery on the campus makes one feel happy and it also reflects the work culture of the employees. “The temperature during summer will be remarkably low here compared to other parts of the town,” he pointed out.

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