Team YUVA, a Bidar-based youth organisation, planted over 400 saplings in two days here.
Responding to the call of the district administration to all non-governmental organisation to take up afforestation on a large scale to plant at least one crore trees across five taluks, they decided to clean the eight parks and gardens in Gumpa area, on the eastern side of the city.
They invited the residents of the area to the project. “More people turned up than we expected,” Vinay Malge, team coordinator, said. Residents of various areas vowed to protect and water the plants.
Saplings were planted in the Mouneshwar garden and along the ring road on Monday and agriculture colony and the Gumpa public garden on Tuesday.
Anurag Tewari, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the programme on Monday. He said the district would be made drought proof if the plans for afforestation succeeded. “The government will supply saplings and seeds for free to NGOs or resident welfare organisations who were planning to plant saplings. We are procuring varieties of tall trees like neem, teak and sandalwood, fruits, bamboo, plantation crops like drumsticks and other varieties. We will distribute a set of trees including all these varieties to interested organizations,” he said.
Other NGOs like Reliance Foundation and the corporate social responsibility arm of Larson and Tubro were supporting the district administration in this regard, Mr. Tewari added.
Bidar district administration has invited NGOs in a bid to plant one crore saplings in five taluks