Make use of MNREGA for green Chamundi Hills: Minister ST Somashekar

Mysuru, June 16:- “Mysuru should be green. For that make use of MNREGA funds and take help from the Forest Department to plant 1 lakh plants at Chamundi Hills,” said District in-charge Minister S T Somashekar on Tuesday (June 16).

He was speaking at a meeting held along with Forest Minister Anand Singh regarding the planting of 1 lakh saplings and maintaining them for 3 years at Chamundi Hills.

“Make use of MNREGA funds to provide employment at Chamundi Hills. Employ people for digging pits to plant saplings. This will help in increasing greenery of Chamundi Hills,” he said.

“A decision has been taken to completely remove Nilagiri plants at 310 hectare land of Chamundi Hills. Fruit plants of various types will be planted there. As of now, symbolic planting will be held. After making proper plans, planting will be held making use of MNREGA funds,” said Anand Singh.

“After planting the saplings, they should be maintained. Water facility should be provided to these plants. If water is not provided, the saplings will not survive. The effort will be wasted,” he added.

A discussion was held regarding drip irrigation and water recycling in the hills. Officials have suggested the Infosys model of water recycling at Chamundi Hills which provides drip irrigation to all plants even during summer.

The Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar brought the issue of encroachment at Chamundi Hills and said a survey has to be done.

MLAs S A Ramadass, L Nagendra and officials of the Forest Department were present. (MR/KS)

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