Hyderabad: Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Saturday stated that the authorities should not give building permissions to property owners unless they have trees planted on their plots.
However, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy did not clarify whether his words were part of the state government’s decision or such a rule would be enforced in the future.
He was addressing the gathering at the 62nd Vanamahotsava celebrations at Medpally village of Ranga Reddy village where he launched the programme, aimed to plant 20 lakh saplings to increase the forest cover in the state.
Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy, stressing on the need to maintain pollution levels under control, said that the trees would help in containing pollution levels. “This would be our gift to our future generations,” he said.
He also exhorted the people to plant as many trees as possible. “It is not only important to plant more trees, we should also tend to them. I will visit this village three months later and will personally check if the trees planted today are being tended to,” Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy promised.
The Chief Minister barely spoke for about 5 minutes and was in the village for about 20 minutes. However, the school children, who had been waiting for his arrival three hours before the scheduled time, were happy that the trees they had planted will provide some shade to the future generations. Their expectations were reasonable. After all, the authorities had forgotten to provide tents for them to await the Chief Minister and they had to wait under the hot sun for well over three hours. (INN)