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There’s a famous saying, “He who plant trees, plants trees, plants hope”, and this is just what the Padma Shri awardee Saalumarada Thimakka did decades ago successfully planting many hopes and winning people’s heart. The stories of her love for the environment are now quite popular on social media as well. The oldest environmentalist in the country, Thimakka was all heart-broken when the news of Bagepalli-Halaguru road widening project came to the forefront.

She had planted 385 banyan trees along a four-kilometer highway stretch between Kudur and Hudikal in Ramanagara district in the 1960s. Hundreds of trees planted by her on the same road were destined to be axed as a part of the project. “I will not allow the trees I have planted to be chopped. I will not allow the government to carry out this project,” Thimakka said, reports News 18.

As asserted, she met Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara on Monday to urge to avoid chopping the 385 trees which she claims to have grown by her ownself and loved like her own children under the project.
Later on, the Deputy CM came up with this statement, “It is true that she has protected these trees as her own children. It is our responsibility to protect these trees. We will try and come up with an alternate alignment for road expansion so that the trees which she planted are not harmed.”

Thimakka has got in her possession several prestigious national and international accolades including the Padma Shri, Karnataka Rajyotsava award, the Nadoja award by Hampi University, and the National Citizen award by the Government of India among others.Thimakka is the inspiration the generation should look up to and do our bit in protecting our mother earth.

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