Shri. S.T. Somashekhar, MLA Yeshwanthur constituency was the chief guest for the tree plantation drive organised by Indian Development Foundation and Balaji Layout Residents’ Welfare Association. He inaugurated the plantation drive by planting a few trees by himself and presenting plants to young children.
Speaking on the occasion, S.T. Somashekhar was quite appreciative of the initiative and said planting trees all around Bangalore is rather a necessity to sustain the greenery and the climate of the garden city. He appreciated the residents who had gathered in large numbers and added that their example should be emulated by other resident’s welfare associations.
Dr. S. Franklin, Chief Executive of Indian Development foundation during his speech mentioned Bangalore had lost 66% of its green cover in the last 40 years. Referring to a scientific report, he mentioned that one human being on an average requires 7 large trees to get enough supply of oxygen. Unfortunately Bangalore city with 11.5 million populations hardly has 1.4 million trees, he lamented.
He expressed hope that all educated and socially conscious people take the initiative and organise similar campaigns and remain committed to grow sufficient number of trees in Bangalore.
Mr. Arya Srinivas, the Corporator, BBMP, Mr.Ramappa Gutigir, Circle Inspector, Thalghatapura Police Station, Mr. Nagaraj Rao, Vice President, Balaji Residents’ Welfare Association, Mr. Shashi Kumar, President of Yuvva Morcha and many other important personalities spoke on the occasion.
Around 400 people, including young volunteers, students, members of Balaji Layout and neighbouring layouts and apartments participated. Around 400 Trees were planted at different locations of the layout and neighbouring layouts
Mr. Srivatsan, Treasurer of Balaji Layout Residents’ Welfare Association proposed vote of thanks. He had made all arrangements to make the event a grant success.