MUDA launches green drive in new layouts

Students involved in green drive that was launched in Mysore on Monday. DH photo

In a bid to improve the green cover in the new and upcoming layouts and recharge the ground water, the Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) on Monday launched the green drive. District In-charge Minister S A Ramdas inaugurated the drive planting a sapling at Lalithadrinagar here.

MUDA would carry out a green drive planting saplings like neem and other popular traditional saplings. The saplings would be planted across new layouts developed by MUDA in the outskirts of city. Speaking on the occasion, MUDA chairman L Nagendra said that the Authority has released Rs 48 lakh to forest department to plant the saplings and complete the green drive in different parts of city.

 Out of the total saplings, 19,000 saplings have been planted in layouts like Lalithadri Nagar, Vasantha Nagar, Shanthaveri Gopalagowda Nagar, Lal Bahadur Shastri Nagar, Sathagalli Ist, IInd and IIIrd stage, Dattagalli III stage, R T Nagar, Vijayanagar and Ambedkar Nagar.

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An additional 25,000 saplings would be planted in various parts of city and adjacent to the ring road.

Ramdas, minister for medical education and district in-charge said the growth and development projects in Mysore has costed many huge trees for city.

The green drive would make an attempt to compensate the loss.

He expressed concern at the decreasing ground water level in and around the city. In many areas, water is not available up to 350 ft deep. More greenery in the layouts would also help recharge the ground water level, he addded.

Students from various school participated in the programme and planted saplings as part of the green education organised by Rotary Mysore. Deputy commissioner P S Vastrad, MUDA commissioner C J Betsurmath, MCC commissioner Raykar and police commissioner Sunil Agarwal were present.

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