Monday, November 29, 1999

K``taka Govt to plant 13 lakh saplings along highways

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Bangalore, May 15 (PTI) Karnataka Government has proposed to plant 13 lakh saplings all along the 48,000-km state highways in the coming monsoon season, Chairman of Western Ghat Protection Taskforce Ananth Hegde Ashisara said today. Following a meeting of group of environmentalists and officials of Forest, PWD and other departments held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, a proposal has been chalked out to implement the plan successfully, he told reporters here today. It was decided to spend Rs five crore for the programme, to be promoted as a public movement to achieve desired success. To create awareness about the importance of maintaining green cover and forest, rallies and conventions of forest dwellers all along the Western Ghats would also be organised. Expressing concern over extraction of a distinctive medicinal plant being grown only in the thick forest range in Agumbe in the Western Ghats in Shimoga district, Ashisara said the spice locally called as ''Maraharishina Balli'' was reportedly proved potent in the treatment of Cancer, Diabetics and some other diseases. The Union Government had already brought the spice under the banned list of export, but it is not properly enforced, he said.

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