KV alumni plant 50 saplings

Kendriya Vidyalaya campus at Jalahalli West got a fresh lease of life when around 50 saplings were planted recently, after several trees were felled in the school premises, which had left schoolchildren, alumni and parents upset.

To reclaim the greenery, around 50 alumni students from the 2013-14 batch planted saplings of different varieties such as mango, neem and fig among others. They shared the costs and bought the saplings from a nursery. Sachin P Nair, a BCom student and an alumni from KV said the campus is known for its greenery and he was shocked to know that so many trees were cut as per the directions given by the school principal, Sudesh Singh. He said: “When we questioned the principal, she told us that they were old and gave other silly reasons. If that is the reason, then most of the trees in the City would have been felled by now.” Another student said that his parents had studied in the same school but the trees had posed no danger.

Alumni students said that close to 58 trees have been felled so far with no exact number known to the school management or the Forest department. To know the exact number, a RTI application will soon be filed. While the Forest department claims to have felled at least 31 trees, the school principal had earlier told this paper that only 10 trees were cut down.

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