Setting the tone for environment conservation, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah emphasized the need to protect the last remaining forests of the state, which has already lost 13 per cent of it. “We have to work together to protect the environment,” he said.
Minster for forest, ecology and environment, B Ramanath Rai said the state would launch a Koti Vruksha Andolana from July 2 to 10 with the support of all departments. “This initiative is part of the state forest department's target of planting 8 crore seedlings across the state this year,” he added.
As part of the initiative 100 sapling were planted in each of the 198 wards of the city. Governor Vajubhai Vala called for creating greater awareness among the people about the need for cleanliness and environmental protection.
Around a 1000 trees were planted at Mandur by the Karnataka Forest Department.Around a 100 trees were planted in the Krishna Rao Park in Basavanagudi, at the Institute of Wood Science and Technology, Aranya Bhavan and at the BNMIT Campus in Banashankari by former minister, R Ashok. Several children of the BCR public school in Chikkabeguru planted around 100 saplings.
A painting competition for school children was also organized at the Visveswaraya Technological Museum on Kasturba Road, a similar poster competition on noise, air, food and water pollution and a plastic- free environment was held for 8-14 year olds.