Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman plant saplings under Haritha Haram program

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s brainchild, Haritha Haram, is being noticed at a national level. The latest prominent personalities to participate in Haritha Haram are former Indian Cricket Players Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.

Minister KT Rama Rao recently planted saplings in Hyderabad and tweeted the picture saying: “Task accomplished @ssrajamouli Garu. Planted a Rosewood, Oak & Golden Champa saplings. Now I invite @urstrulyMahesh @USCGHyderabad @sachin_rt @VVSLaxman281 and @sardesairajdeep to the green challenge. Each one plant three.”

A response for Minister Rama Rao’s tweet came within 24 hours where former Cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and U.S. Consul General, Hyderabad, Katherine Hadda participated in Haritha Haram and tweeted their pictures.

The Master Blaster Sachin tweeted, “Thank you, @KTRTRS, for nominating me for the green challenge #HarithaHaram. I accept the challenge and hope all of you do too. The key to a greener planet is in our hands.”

The Very Very Special Cricketer VVS Laxman tweeted, “The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies. Great initiative @KTRTRS, I have planted pomegranate, water apple & Laxman Phal saplings. I nominate @virendersehwag, @M_Raj03 & @Pvsindhu1 to plant 3 trees, nurture them and make #HarithaHaram a sustainable movement.”

Katherine Hadda, U.S. Consul General, Hyderabad tweeted, “Challenge accepted, @KTRTRS! @USAndHyderabad is now home to three new Xora, Helonica, and Mony Plants! Here’s hoping @themohanbabu @MirzaSania @Andrew007Uk and @THubHyd accept the 3 plant challenge!”

The flagship programme Telanganaku Haritha Haram envisages in increasing the green cover of the State from the present 23 percent to 33 percent of the total geographical area. A total of 80 crore saplings have been planted as against the target of 230 crores in four years. (INN)