Udupi, July 11, 2021: Uprooting trees for developmental works, especially during road widening, is a regular phenomenon. While officials and elected representatives assure to plant saplings as compensation, they hardly fulfill the promise. But Udupi saw a unique program on Sunday.
Udupi MLA Raghupathi Bhat and the forest department took the initiative to plant 10,000 saplings for the 1,014 trees uprooted for widening the road between Cherkady and Brahmavar.
The 7km stretch between Brahmavar and Cherkady has been widened. In the process, there was a need to uproot 1,014 trees. Local residents and activists were annoyed by this move. Udupi MLA K Raghupathi Bhat had then assured of taking necessary steps by planting saplings as a compensatory measure.
Of the 10,000 saplings to be planted, 3,000 flower and fruit-bearing saplings will be planted adjacent to the road and the remaining 7,000 will be planted in the nearby private and government land.
On Sunday Raghupathi Bhat ensured the program was launched by forest minister Arvind Limbavali at Chantaru.
Limbavali lauded the move and defined it as the need of the hour and stressed the need to follow compensatory afforestation.