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Plant useful trees: Minister Ramalinga Reddy

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On World Environment Day, a massive tree planting programme was launched at the premises of DCP (CAR) South, Adugodi by the Bengaluru District Incharge Minister and Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy along with BBMP administrator T M Vijay Bhaskar, BBMP Commissioner G Kumar Naik and DCP CAR (South) C M Kantharajappa, in presence of former Corporators Manjunath Reddy (ex-Opposition leader in BBMP), Murugesh Modaliyar, B Mohan, BBMP forest officials ACF Ranganath, DCF Sudarshan, EE Jagannath, AEE Pujar, AE Savithri, CAR police officials, Block Congress President Chamaraj Reddy, Congress leader Radhakrishna, residents of Koramangala and Adugodi.
This tree planting progamme was jointly organised by the BBMP and DCP CAR (South).
As amany as 45,000 tree saplings are ready at the various BBMP nurseries across the city. Tender process to plant these saplings during the current year has already begun. The dignitaries – Ramalinga Reddy, T M Vijay Bhaskar, G Kumar Naik, C M Kantharajappa and others planted trees on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Ramalinga Reddy said “ the recent rains had taken the toll of trees of over 1000 in the city. These trees which were planted by the Forest Department over three decades ago are of no use (in terms of commerical value) are very brittle, fast growth and less life span. Even though they look beautiful, they are hollow inside and the Forest Department has learnt lessons from this. Hence they have planned to plant trees that will not affect the laid electrical lines, BWSSB pipelines etc and long lasting ones like honge, neem, mahagony, and fruit bearing trees.
Even during the cabinet meetings, the Minister recalled that in forests too saplings of timber value were planted in large numbers instead of fruit bearing trees, making the wild animals and birds to flee to cities in search of food/fodder. The Minister adovocated not to use of plastics. DCP (CAR) South C M Kantharajappa, BBMP Commissioner Kumar Naik also spoke on the occasion. Earlier ACF Ranganath welcomed.

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