Rachakonda Police Commissioner M.M. Bhagawat on Friday visited a Miyawaki plantation on the outskirts of Hyderabad which he had launched 15 months ago as part of a Green India Challenge.
Launched with 40,000 saplings in the Miyawaki method of afforestation, the plantation now has turned into a dense forest spread over four acres with the saplings now having grown to a height of 15 feet.
Mr. Bhagawat embarked on the initiative as part of the Green India Challenge being promoted by Rajya Sabha member Santosh Kumar Joginapally and the Telangana government’s flagship scheme Haritha Haram.
The Commissioner visited the plantation along with Mr. Santosh Kumar and Labour Minister M. Malla Reddy. Mr. Santosh Kumar planted a sapling at the site on Friday.
“It’s like seeing your children grow up,” Mr. Santosh Kumar said.
Mr. Bhagawat said that the Miyawaki forest was created on 56 acres of land given to the Rachakonda Commissionerate on the Medipally-Parvatapur road. “There is no threat to the survival of the 40,000 saplings as they were planted 15 months ago. They were grown with a 100% drip irrigation facility, and a dedicated team from Rachakonda police worked with the assistance of the Forest Department. There are fruit trees as well,” Mr. Bhagawat said.