On 24th July, 2013, In view of the good public response to the mass plantation programme of HMR last year under Vana Deeksha and Vana Prasadam schemes, plantation activity under these schemes is being undertaken this year as well, announced MD, HMR Mr.NVS Reddy. About 60,000 saplings were planted last year in different parts of the city mainly on the campuses of educational institutions, research institutes, along the roads and in residential colonies with 98% survival rate; and about 700 trees were translocated with 100% survival rate. He stated that so far a dozen government and private organisations with campuses in the city and over 30 colony welfare associations have tied up with HMR and about 60,000 saplings are being planted this year.
A new feature in the current year is planting of some tall trees (about 15 feet) along the service roads and in colonies. Plants of religious significance like Ravi (Peepal), Medi (Cluster Fig), Marri (Banyan), Jammi (Bulrush), Christmas tree, Thuja, Sarvi (Casurina), Pogada (Mimusops), Kanuga (Pongamia) etc., are also being planted especially in places of worship having vacant space. Those who want to associate with HMR’s Vana Deeksha programme can contact OSD (Urban Forestry) Mr.Swami Das on Mobile No.8374356780 or General Manager (Admn) Mr.T.D.Mohan Rao on Mobile No.9849905734, said Mr.NVS Reddy.
Under Vana Prasadam scheme, limited number of plants are being distributed free of cost at Metro Rail Bhavan to individuals, organisations and resident welfare associations. On popular demand especially from women and senior citizens fruit bearing varieties like Usiri (Amla), Jama (Guava), Sapota (Chickoo), Panasa (Jackfruit), Nimma (Lime), Mango and flowering plants like Ganneru (Nerium), Mandara (hibiscus), Nandivardhanam (Moonbeam), Patcha Ganneru (Tecoma) etc., are also being distributed, added Mr.Reddy.