'Green Kukkarahalli tank' kicks off

Recently, the university authorities removed more than 450 eucalyptus trees on the tank premises as they were not helping migratory birds in any manner. They called for tenders and removed those trees along with their roots to pave way for planting fruit bearing trees. The ground has been levelled and forest department has supplied saplings to make the tank premises to look green.

K M Jayaramaiah, convener of Kukkarahalli Tank Protection Committee said the forest department dug pits to grow saplings such as ‘Madhuca latifolia (Hippemara), Azadirachta indica (neem), Syzigium operculatum (nayi nerale), Ficus glomerate (hattimara), Acharas sapota (Sapota) and Annona Squamosa (seethaphala). Around 100 neem trees are being planted on joggers’ path as they have high  medicinal value.He said the aim of the varsity was to plant at least 1,500 saplings of diffrent fruits that are consumed by birds.
The tree plantation would also be taken up in Kukkarahalli Tank premises as well as on Manasagangotri campus. UOM Vice-Chancellor Prof V G Talawar has been requested to direct contractor to hasten the work of purification of sewage water that has been diverted into Kukkarahalli Tank, at the earliest.

This would go a long way in bringing back the past glory of the tank. Proper caring of saplings would ensure greenery in the surrounding areas of Kukkarahalli Tank within next two to three years.Deputy Conservator of Forests (Mysore Circle) Shaswathi Mishra, Prof Talawar, Registrar Puttaiah, Conservator of Forests B P Ravi and other senior officials of the varsity were present.

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