The Government Pre University (PU) College in Vishwanath Pura of Devanahalli Block in Bangalore Rural District has adopted the Miyawaki Method – a Japanese technique of growing organic forests. In doing so, they have created their own forest patch in a space as small as 30X40 square feet.
Under this method, a technique pioneered by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, plants grow rapidly 10 times faster and the forest is 30 times denser. In just two years the forest growth will be significant.
Thus far, the college has planted more than 400 saplings in a 30/40 square feet area. This was reported by Mr. G. R. Raghavender, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice who visited Bangalore Rural District, as a part of the ongoing Jal Shakti Abhiyan that is currently underway across the country.
During the campaign, officers, groundwater experts and scientists from the Government of India will work together with state and district officials in India’s most water-stressed districts for water conservation and water resource management by focusing on accelerated implementation of five target interventions: Water conservation and rainwater harvesting; Renovation of traditional and other water bodies/tanks; Reuse and recharge structures; Watershed development; and Intensive afforestation.
Mr. Raghavender who is the District Nodal Officer for the JSA team to Bangalore Rural visited the plantation area with Principal of the college, Ms. Vanisri and Physics lecturer Shri Praveen who heads Smartha Bharata, a local NGO on 13th August, 2019.
Thereafter, the District Nodal Officer held a meeting of 75 college principals (Government, Aided and Private) in the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Sri KareeGowda to sensitize them on the five intervention areas of JSA.
Further, the principals have been asked to install rooftop rain harvesting systems at their respective college buildings and also their residential accommodations within a month. Involving student volunteers in spreading rooftop rain water harvesting in their respective localities and villages will be top priority for them.
On the forthcoming Independence Day, all colleges will be involving students to plant saplings.
Dignitaries present on the occasion were – Smt. R. Latha, CEO-ZP; Sri A.K. Madhok, Technical Officer; Sri A.K. Madhok, Technical Officer; Sri Kariyappa, Deputy Secretary, ZP-Bangalore Rural; Smt. Nagaveni, Deputy Director, Pre-University Education, Bangalore Rural; Senior Geologist, Department of Ground Water, Bangalore Rural; and Assistant Director, Information Department, Bangalore Rural.