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IN EARNEST: The couple, H. Megha and B.N. Dayal Bapu, and members of Jeevan Mukti Dhama distributing plant saplings to invitees at a marriage ceremony in Bangalore on Sunday.
IN EARNEST: The couple, H. Megha and B.N. Dayal Bapu, and members of Jeevan Mukti Dhama distributing plant saplings to invitees at a marriage ceremony in Bangalore on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

‘People want to preserve nature, yet they yearn for development’

BANGALORE: For anybody, the wedding day is a red-letter day. But B.N. Dayal Bapu and H. Megha, can describe it as a “green-letter” day.

As they tied the knot in front of well wishers at G.N.R. Kalyana Mantapa, Jayanagar, here on Sunday, what was unique about the occasion was that they gifted plant saplings to people who attended the ceremony.

Speaking about the innovative concept, B.N. Shivashankar, the groom’s elder brother and convenor of Jeevan Mukti Dhama, said: “People want to preserve nature and yet they yearn for development of the city.

“So, one has to think of an alternative to deal with this problem. People have to learn the value of trees in our surroundings and we are trying to promote awareness by gifting plants at functions.”

He added that their aim was to teach people to plant more trees in their surroundings. “We are gifting pongamia (honge) to people, as it is a plant that gives more of oxygen, coolness and greenery.”

The groom, Dayal Bapu, said: “Instead of giving the traditional betelnut and coconuts, we are giving the saplings to promote awareness about the importance of growing trees.”

He and his bride planned to plant a sapling on the choultry premises after the ceremonies. The blushing bride, Megha, agreed with her husband’s viewpoint on the need for a greener Bangalore. “This is the first time I am receiving a sapling at a wedding. I think it is good idea; I will also start gifting saplings to people on any occasion from now,” said Pushpa Suresh, a guest.

Nearly 2,000 pongamia saplings were gifted to those who attended the wedding, according to Mr. Shivashankar.

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