Friday, January 27, 2006

Pay and get a tree planted

Pay and get a tree planted
Deccan Herald

BWSSB Chairman Ashok Kumar Manoli, who was present on the occasion said, the primary objective of launching the website was to create greater awareness about Spoorthivana among people and encourage them to get involved in protecting the eco system.

If you wish to plant a tree, you could pay Rs 500 through cash, cheque or a demand draft to Spoorthivana, Bangalore. They will plant a sapling in your name and look after it. Your plant will be given a serial number and a certificate will be issued to you.

You could also become a part of Spoorthivana project by donating Rs 50,000 per acre for developing adequate and sustainable infrastructure, like rain water harvesting, etc and sponsoring awareness programmes. The particular plot would be suitably named as per your choice. The offer at present is only for Bangaloreans. All these details along with the description, aim and objective of Spoorthivana are available on the website of the project www.spoorthivana.org

The website was launched in Bangalore on Thursday by former additional chief secretary Chiranjeev Singh. Spoorthivana — a unique project to conserve nature was launched in June 2005 at the catchment area of Thippagondanahalli (TG Halli) reservoir by Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and Parisara, a voluntary organisation. It is set up 35 km away from Bangalore on the way to Magadi, near the confluence of Arkavathy and Kumudvathi rivers, and is spread over 300 acres of land.

Mr Singh while inaugurating the website said the project was a labour of love and a gift to the future generation. He appealed that more people should contribute towards preserving nature by planting saplings.

BWSSB Chairman Ashok Kumar Manoli, who was present on the occasion said, the primary objective of launching the website was to create greater awareness about Spoorthivana among people and encourage them to get involved in protecting the eco system.

“Spoorthivana was launched to protect the catchment area at T G Halli from encroachment and making its water rich through ecological means. One of them was by planting saplings,” he said.

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