Andhra Pradesh, July 28 (TruthDive): The Guntur Municipal Corporation has decided to geo-tag trees for their protection, and plant 30,000 saplings in one day in Guntur city on July 29.
The GMC will also distribute flower and fruit saplings in the 62 wards of the corporation as part of the Venam Manam programme. The state government had also decided to take the help of Self Help Groups to geotag the saplings for their protection.
The Guntur Municipal Corporation will distribute saplings with geotagging technology to monitor their growth. House owners will get two saplings each free of cost and they would have to take the responsibility of nurturing them into a tree. Guntur Municipal Corporation commissioner S. Nagalakshmi said that the government has decided to plant one crore saplings on July 29 under which allotted 10 lakh saplings were allotted to municipal administration department.
She said that Janma Bhoomi committees will conduct the Vanam Manam programmes in all 62 wards of the city. Ms Nagalakshmi said that these committees will contact every house owner and take their choice of sapling and would distribute the same. She said that the sapling type, name of the house owner and contact number will be registered for geotagging and distribution of saplings would be completed by July 28.
Ms Nagalakshmi said that guava, rose, sweet lime and other saplings will be distributed. She appealed to one and all to join Guntur Municipal Corporation in its bid to ensure success of the Vanam Manam programme.
Ms Nagalakshmi later conducted a review meeting with GMC officials and directed them to complete distribution of saplings ahead of schedule. Earlier. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had appealed to the people of the state to come forward and take part in the afforestation drive.