Converting a dust-covered Cyanide Hill into greentop

Converting a dust-covered Cyanide Hill into greentop

Govt officers present ideas on growing plants on hill near BGML

Converting a dust-covered Cyanide Hill into greentop

The district administration has been suggested to grow plants and shrubs on Cyanide Hill near BGML, to prevent the problems of the citizens due to dust from the hill.

The decision was taken at a seminar in the City recently.

Jayamadhava, special tahsildar, who explained about the problems with a powerpoint presentation, said the administration could use perforated mesh and grow six varieties of plants including pine, rosemary and black mulberry. He also explained scientific methods of utilising the earth on Cyanide Hill.

Munegowda, district forest conservation officer, said, red soil should be spread on the outer surface of the Hill and saplings should be grown. “We have different kinds of plants that grow to a height of 30 to 40 feet.

The soil on Cyanide Hill is soft, and the roots grow easily. Trees like orange and Bellary Jaali (Prosopis juliflora) and various kinds of creepers could be grown on the hill. A vast expansion of such greenery on the hill will prevent dust storms,” he explained.

Positive change

“Growing plants and trees on Cyanide Hill can be a positive experiment. We have already grown neem on the hill, proving that virtually all species of plants can be grown there. The grass on the lawns near the residential quarters of DAR police too can be grown on the hill,” he added.

Social forestry was carried out on 6,000 acres of land by BGML. But, since the closure of the mines, the forests were systematically stripped, said the DFO. “If the administration division of the mines cooperates with the Forest Department, the social forestry can be rejuvenated.

The company can get crores worth of profit through this step,” he explained.

“The City Municipal Council will take measures to prevent the problems the residents of the City face due to dust storms from Cyanide Hill. If the district administration gives instructions, we are willing to spend any amount of money on the project,” claimed Balachandra, CMC commissioner.

“BGML too has been sent notice to at least three times. But the company administration has said that there is shortage of funds since the closure of the mines to control the spread of dust from the hilltop,” said the officers of the Environment Department.

BGML Employees’ Association members Diwakar, Anandan, Yashwant, K Rajendran and others also spoke on the occasion.

Tahsildar Mangala was the compere.