Mangaluru, Jun 21:”Planting more and more plants in the city is the need of the hour and all necessary steps are being taken to make Mangaluru green city in the coming two years” said Mangaluru South MLA J R Lobo.
Addressing a press meet at his office here on June 21, Lobo said “Many developmental works are being undertaken in the city and it has unavoidable at some places to cut trees. In order to increase greenery in the city we have undertaken a drive to plant more and more plants. During the construction of road from Kankanady to Nandigudda about 50 trees were cut and to compensate that about 250 plants will be planted in this stretch as part of the project. During construction of footpath, plants will also be planted.”
“Green cess is also imposed on new buildings and under urban planting scheme about 3,000 saplings will be planted in various parts of the city. Besides various other steps are being taken by the forest department and Mangaluru city corporation MCC. Many organisations and building owners have come forward to maintain the plants. A particular area will be given to them, either they themselves can maintain the area or can look after the expenses and forest department will maintain. Plants will be planted in vacant areas in city corporations sewage treatment plant, dumping yard, dividers and other MCC property where there is space.” Lobo explained.
“I have urged the Forest minister to develop three layers of plants in Pachanady dumping yard which will reduce the pollution in the surroundings. I also urge the support of general public. If tees are cut down for construction in inevitable circumstances, then plant as at least some plants wherever there is space. More plants will be planted in Kadri park and will make it a model park in the city. Congress party will also make a drive to plant at least 10 plants in each block. By planting more and more plants, it will help reduce carbon dioxide in the air and increase fresh oxygen.” Lobo added.