The tree man of Vijayawada

The tree man of Vijayawada
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Green cover in Andhra Pradesh is a concern as it is far below the minimum required percentage. The required forest cover is 33 per cent but there is only 23 per cent forest cover in the nation and 20 per cent forest cover in the State, which calls for urgent measures to improve the forest cover. In this scenario, a senior citizen has been embarking on a plantation drive.

Vijayawada: Green cover in Andhra Pradesh is a concern as it is far below the minimum required percentage. The required forest cover is 33 per cent but there is only 23 per cent forest cover in the nation and 20 per cent forest cover in the State, which calls for urgent measures to improve the forest cover. In this scenario, a senior citizen has been embarking on a plantation drive. He is not going behind laurels and awards but has a steely determination to increase green cover.

He is Kodali Subash Chandra Bose, the ‘Tree Man of Vijayawada’. He has been actively promoting greenery and leading campaigns of planting trees along highways, government offices and police stations. Though he started campaigning since early 90s with the help of his son Naveen and daughter Rama Devi, it was from 2005, he stepped up a notch.

He took up the initiative of plantation drive in an orphanage run by Raja Foundation at Mylavaram. Since then, he dedicated himself for the cause of clean and green environment and rendered selfless service.

As the green cover of Vijayawada was below the minimum requirement, he embarked on a plantation drive in association with the Vijayawada Police. He dropped seed balls on hills and plain areas in and around the city in a bid to increase green cover.

He is currently busy with landscaping and plantation drive at Vijayawada Police Commissionerate and other police stations besides Zilla Parishad premises in Machilipatnam. This senior citizen is a member of Haritha Priya Plant Lovers Club and is also actively involved with various NGOs.

His telling contribution is beautification along 12-km-long Kanakadurga Varadhi to Ramavarappudu in association with National Highway Authority of India, which took five years (1996 to 2001).

By Ch Pradeep

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