Mr K T Srikantegowda, MLC, has used his public position and stature to influence people and officials to join him in a mission to plant trees in his area. He is reported to have planted 22,000 saplings during the last five years.
To mark the first anniversary of his membership in the legislative council the 'green' MLC and former principal planted a thousand saplings on the premises of a school and on roadsides in and around his native Bekkatale village in Maddur taluk.
Recently, in celebration of his five years as MLC Mr Gowda planted saplings at a government women's college in Mandya. Apart from roadsides and educational institutions he has planted nearly 2000 saplings on open space around a village temple at Thoppanahalli, near Maddur.