Whitefield Rising, in association with the Forest department, has decided to plant 1,000 saplings in the Mandur reserve forest patch on the World Environment Day on June 5.
Utkarsh Singh, founder of Save Whitefield, said, “The group decided to undertake a massive drive to plant 1,000 saplings of native tree species in the forest. The area was identified with the help of forest officials as it had shrubs and bushes. It was chosen as it is safe and well protected. Public spaces in the city are not safe for greening because of cattle grazing, encroachment and infrastructure projects uprooting trees.”
The members of Whitefield Rising and Forest department officials aim to create mini Cubbon Parks and Lalbaghs across the city and this is one of their efforts in east Bengaluru. More such efforts are being planned under public private partnership at Gunjurpalya and Kadagudi.
Around 500 people are expected to participate in the plantation drive, of which 250 have already confirmed. Forest officials will also be present. A forest official said that there was huge amount of land in east Bengaluru which remains green only on paper. There is a need to protect such urban forest patches from encroachment. Plantation drives involving people will help, as they will have a role in ensuring protection and the efforts will lead to young citizen forest wardens.
Urban planner R K Mishra said a large number of citizen volunteers are engaged in various initiatives like reducing traffic congestion, lake rejuvenation, tree plantation, traffic management and infrastructure improvement. This plantation drive is an ambitious effort to improve quality of life in this part of Bengaluru, he said.
Credits Deccan Herald