Heard about Vruksha Bandhan?

05 September 2009

Everyone is familiar with Raksha Bandhan. But have your ever heard about Vruksha Bandhan?

The residents of Kankanady, Valencia and Jeppu area have come out with the new idea aimed at sensitizing people on the need to preserve trees that are recklessly cut for road development projects.

Speaking to presspersons here on Friday, resident and former president of Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Parishat Eric Ozario said the programme, a first of its kind in the city would be held on Saturday along with responsible and ecologically conscious citizens of the city. The city needs a movement to protect trees, he said.

The event is part of the people's movement against MCC's proposal to cut down as many as 43 trees on the Kankanady-Nandigudda stretch to facilitate concretization of road. In this ceremony people will bond with the trees, tie colourful ribbons around them, kiss them and promise to protect them. This was not a religious ceremony, but aimed at conveying a message against reckless felling of trees, which would badly affect the environment of the city in near future.

On MCC consultant Dharmaraj's request to suggest an alternative plan, he said the citizens who met at Roshni Nilaya on Tuesday, have deputed Venkatesh Pai, an architect, to confer with Dharmaraj and work out an alternative for a two- lane road which would not endanger the trees. This alternate plan would then be presented to the citizens for approval.

Vidya Dinkar, convener of Citizens Forum for Mangalore Development, said the forum would extend all assistance if citizens plan to protest against felling of trees. "Saving trees was the responsibility of all citizens and any movement in this direction would gather momentum if people take up the cause rather than any forum," she said.

source times of india


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