Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-05-28 12:23 Bengaluru: Every Bengalurean should take a leaf out of Vijay Nishanth’s book. While many of us just fret and fume about the loss of city’s green cover, there are those who are battling to save what’s left of it, and also add to it. Vijay Nishanth, a young environmentalist, has set an example by planting 200 saplings during this summer and also ensured that they are cared for. Three months on, 198 saplings have not only survived but have shown significant growth. On March 20, under project Vruksha, Vijay Nishanth with the help of Rotary Club, Nagarbhavi, planted two hundred saplings in a thirty-acre military-owned land near Jalahalli. “When I approached Rotary Club of Nagarbhavi and explained about the initiative, they liked it and also agreed to fund the project. They gave the saplings and also provided with water supply facility through water tankers for which they spent Rs 24,000,” said Vijay. Taking a dig at green initiatives, Vijay wryly noted that people planted saplings only on environment day and forgot about the issue for the rest of the year. “But we took up the initiative of summer plantation to show that we can grow plants even during summer season provided they are taken care of properly,” said Vijay. Shetal Kumar, President, Rotary Club, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore said, “We are happy to see that 198 saplings have survived. Growing and saving trees will be a gift to our future generation. The temperature of Bengaluru is increasing every year. This is due to fewer trees. We will further plant 1500 saplings by June 5 in the same area near Jalahalli,” said Shetal. Basavaraj Badiger, an official at CQAE (WE) Jalahalli, said the initial request was to plant 1000 saplings. “We said no to that thinking the plants would die. Therefore, we asked them to plant only 200 saplings. Now, looking at the growth of the plants and their survival rate, we have asked them to plant 1000 more before the rainy season,” he said. Vijay has planted more than 15 types of flowering and fruit trees such as peepal, banyan, jacaranda, tamarind, pongam, tabebuia, gasagase (Matubia calangura), big leaf mahogany, simarouba, and others. “All these trees will survive in city’s climate and soil conditions and attract many birds and bees. The speciality of simarouba tree is that it can absorb water from the surface of the ground,” added Vijay.