Deputy Commissioner Darpan Jain has said that 15,000 saplings will be planted in the twin cities during this rainy season. An action plan has been prepared for the scheme, he said.
Mr. Jain was chairing a preparatory meeting on “Vruksharopana Abhiyana” here on Wednesday in which representatives of various non-governmental organisations and district-level officials participated.
Mr. Jain said that under the programme saplings would be planted at Nrupatunga Hill, on Agricultural Training College premises, Kelageri Tank, Unkal Tank, hostels and educational institutions in the twin cities.
The Deputy Commissioner said that a project for planting saplings on Navalur Hill spread over 160 acres was being prepared apart from taking steps to plant saplings in parks and graveyards in the twin cities.
The Regional Forest Department had planted 2,000 saplings each in Hubli and Dharwad and distributed 22,000 saplings to the people. “Apart from planting saplings, it is necessary to provide required protection and nourishment to the plants,” he said.
He directed the officials to chalk out an action plan for planting 7,000 saplings in the area earmarked for the implementation of solid waste management project at Shivalli village in the district.
Commissioner of Hubli Dharwad Municipal Corporation K.V. Trilokchandra said that more places would be identified for planting saplings in the twin cities.
Deputy Conservator of Forest (Social Forestry) B. Anjaneya Reddy said that the department had taken steps to plant saplings used for manufacturing bio-fuel under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. “We have launched the programme of planting bio-fuel saplings at the gram panchayat level and the target is to plant 15 lakh saplings before July 15,” he said.