Karnataka Forest Department (KFD) has proposed 46 new nurseries to be constructed at a cost of Rs 8.86 crores. The new nurseries will be located near residential areas so that people can easily access and take home native and rare plants. Seedlings from nurseries will also be widely available at bus stops for people to buy. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Punati Sridhar told Bangalore Mirror, “I have proposed to the State government to build 46 nurseries and requested Rs 8.85 crores for the purpose.The proposal was made by the Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests of the Social Forestry department. The new nurseries will be located in areas where there are no nurseries currently. We will also sell seedlings at bus stands and in several market places.” Currently, Karnataka has 235 nurseries. Out of these, there are three nurseries in Bengaluru Urban division, four in Bengaluru Rural division, five in Ramanagara, ten in Kolar and nine in Chikkaballapur. KFD has proposed one new nursery each in Bengaluru Urban and Ramanagara divisions and two new nurseries each in Bengaluru Rural and Kolar. New nurseries have also been proposed in Belagavi, Ballari, Dharwad, Hassan, Kalaburagi, Mangaluru, Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Chikkamagaluru, Karwar, Kodagu and in Shimoga. IFS Sidramappa Chalkapure, Divisional Forest Officer Urban Division, Bengaluru said, “We are hoping to have new nurseries approved this monsoon in the outskirts of the city. Apart from catering to the farmers, these nurseries will also largely be for public. The local forest officials will be assessing the needs of the people and will grow the seedlings accordingly.” Earlier this year, Mirror had reported how the forest department was being allotted less funds every year for plantation activities. In the Karnataka Budget for 2019 the forest department received no significant amount for tree plantation, whereas Rs 3 crores was allotted to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for sapling plantation. The forest department officials can now heave a sigh of relief as this statewide funding will increase the green cover all over Karnataka. Hebbal nursery to supply saplings The forest department’s nursery in Hebbal will be supplying saplings for plantation all over the city, informed DFO Sidramappa. He further added, “There is an excess of 3 lakh plants this year, even after planting across the city and distributing among the farmers. The excess ones will be given away to the public. We keep replenishing the nursery every 7-8 months.”