Bode Prasad, the MLA from Penamaluru, won hearts when he saved four old Peepul trees from being cut down by translocating them and paying expenses from the same from his pocket.
The trees were originally located along the Vijayawada-Machilipatnam highway. Thousands of trees along the 60 km highway stretch have already been cut down to accommodate the road expansion.
Thanks to Mr Prasad’s efforts, the four old Peepul trees were shifted near the Tadigadapa bridge. He arranged for cranes and workers to relocate the trees. The process was completed on Sunday night – 7 May 2017 – with the aid of locals and the police. The cost of the entire process – up to Rs 1 lakh – was borne by the MLA himself.
According to Deccan Chronicle, the trees were uprooted by digging a four-foot-deep hole at a distance of four feet from the trunk. While the trees were being lifted, it was made sure that the root system was not damaged. They were then transported by truck to Bandar Canal Bund, near Tadigadapa Bridge, and planted in a deep pit.
Mr Prasad told the reporters that those trees had been around since his childhood. Saddened at the thought of them being cut down, he decided to do something to save them. He said that peepul, banyan, Indian beech (Kanuga), and cluster fig trees (Juvvi) could grow even if only a small bit of the root system was left.
Bode Prasad spoke to The Logical Indian. He said, “The duty of every citizen should be to save the environment. More than money, the concern should about saving trees. In my own home, I give nature and the environment the utmost importance. Peepul trees, for example, grow easily without much water. I make it a point to take utmost care of my environment, and I want to inculcate this habit throughout my constituency.”
The Logical Indian community appreciates the efforts and concern of Bode Prasad. It is encouraging to know that there are MLAs and MPs who are genuinely concerned for the environment. Today, with increasing environmental damage and climate concerns, the need of the hour is for every citizen to do their part in saving and preserving the environment. This can only happen when our leaders set an example for the rest of to follow.