Bengaluru: With an aim to recover lost green cover, reduce pollution and improve Bengaluru's bio diversity, Koti Vruksha Sainye, a movement spearheaded by war veteran's daughter Surabhi Tomar with citizens, activists and tree lovers, planted 8000 tree saplings. 

According to Surabhi from Koti Vruksha Sainye, the aim is to plant one crore tree saplings and ensure Bengaluru's green cover increases. "We want to plant one crore tree saplings and symbolic to the movement, today 8000 saplings were planted in Ulsoor lake bed premises. In June, 1 crore tree saplings across Bengaluru will be planted. At that time, there will be rains and it will help the saplings grow," said Tomar. 

At the event, city mayor Gautham Kumar Jain, Bengaluru Central MP PC Mohan, Shivajinagar MLA Rizwan Arshad and others were present. "It is a good initiative. The tree lovers and concerned Bengalureans will be joining hands with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). The Palike will provide space. It is said that about 70 species of trees have been identified. We appreciate such acts and encourage more such persons and organisations to come forward."   

The resident welfare organisations, ward committees, local residents and corporators of respective wards will be roped in to ensure the safety and nourishment of saplings.