Mysuru, June 5:- “Just planting saplings is not enough. Looking after them is equally important,” said District in-charge Minister S T Somashekar.
He was speaking at the World Environment Day event held at Sringeri Jagadguru Shri Bharati Theertha Mahaswamy Park at J P Nagar in the city on Friday.
“Distributing saplings and sharing the stage with the members of erstwhile Mysuru Wadiyar family members is my privilege. Forest Department has started an initiative to plant 27 lakh saplings. BJP leader H V Rajeev is planting 15,000 saplings. Deputy Commissioner, MLAs SA Ramadass, L Nagendra have held two meetings. Heads of 45 departments have attended those meetings,” the minister said.
“Zilla Panchayat CEO is planting 5 lakh saplings. This is provided under the NREGA scheme. Rural Development Minister K S Eshwarappa has instructed officials to plant saplings in all villages. MCC Commissioner will be planting 5,000 saplings in his jurisdiction. MUDA Commissioner Dr Natesh, Commissioner of Police Dr Chandragupta have also taken the initiative of planting saplings,” the minister said.
“Avoid planting saplings under electricity lines. Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar has shown his interest in this work and said he would do random verification as well. I will also keep count of the saplings. If there is any encroachment in Chamundi Hills, it has to be cleared. It is the responsibility of the Revenue Minister and his secretary,” he added.
“Planting saplings is our responsibility to protect the environment. We have to understand biodiversity n Karnataka. The Western Ghats in India are biodiversity hotspots. Nagarahole and Bandipur forests have survived because of Western Ghats. We should understand our role in the environment conservation,” said titular king Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar.
“We go to Chamundi Hills to seek blessing from the Goddess. Whatever we carry, we should not throw them there. We should bring them back. Our ancestors did not use plastic. We have to question ourselves whether we have to use plastic. If we take cloth bags to the market instead of plastic it will help a lot in environment conservation. Plastic has affected the environment. If Mysuru becomes a role model, we will all feel proud,” he added.
“We have fought well against coronavirus pandemic. All healthy practices have to continue. Kanteerava Narasimharaja Wadiyar, the brother of Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar worked a lot for the upliftment of backward communities,” he added.
“Forest department has started an initiative to plant saplings. Farmers are provided with various plants. We have to increase the density of trees. We have to protect the rich biodiversity we have. Our drinking water and food depend on the rain. We have to protect the environmental cycle. We have to be careful in protecting nature keeping in mind the generations to come. We have to continue the precautionary measures that we have taken for another month to stay safe from Covid-19. Many restrictions will be revoked from Monday. Hotels, resorts and temples will be reopening. But our responsibility will also increase,” said Deputy Commissioner Sankar.
Deputy Mayor C Sridhar, BJP leader H V Rajeev, corporator Shanthamma Vadivelu, Conservator of Forests Mysuru Circle T Heeralal, MCC Commissioner Gurudutta Hegde, Zilla Panchayat CEO Prashanth Kumar Mishra, Commissioner of Police Dr Chandragupta, Superintendent of Police CB Ryshyanth, Mysuru Urban Development Authority Commissioner Dr Natesh, BJP city president TS Srivatsa and others were present. (MR/GK)