Mysuru: The forest department has decided to plant 50,000 more saplings across the city to make the heritage city greener. The work will be taken up after two rainfalls. Mysuru is known as Garden City and keeping in sync with this name, the department will plant 15 varieties of plants at Vijayanagar, MUDA Layouts, various government institutions including SP office premise and University of Mysore campus.
Speaking to newskarnataka.com, KC Prashanth, Deputy Conservator of Forest said, "Already the saplings have been kept ready in three different nurseries- Kukkarahalli lake premises, near Bandipalya and Yelwala. We will be planting Neem, Nerle, Honge and Decoma among other varieties. A total of 20,000 saplings will be planted along the roadside."
Nearly 85 to 90 percent of saplings, which were planted last year have survived. Usually, the percentage of survival of saplings is very less, but most of the saplings which were planted last year have survived and are flourishing, he said adding that watering the plants and opting plants that are about eight feet tall have been the secret for the survival of plants.
He also mentioned that public participation in protecting and looking after the plants also increased in recent years but still he mentioned that there is a need for increased participation.
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