Tree-planter Gurukar

Mr K R Gurukar, retired government official, tree-lover and avid planter.  He plants mainly on the roadside; mostly honge saplings  he buys from the forest dept. nursery.  He has been doing this daily for years ; has planted a thousand trees in Mysore since 2002, when  settled here after retirement as training officer of the dept. of  labour  in Bangalore. He is a trained electrical engineer who had earlier been with Karnataka electricity board.

Every morning  Mr Gurukar sets out on bicycle from his Saraswathipuram residence to scout for suitable vacant space where he can plant, to do earthwork  for planting ; and to water the saplings  he had planted.  A handson person who waits for no one , Mr Gurukar represents a one-man army that plants saplings on Mysore roadside. We have an e-group to promote Friends of Roadside Trees , about which  Mr Gurukar was unaware, like thousands of other tree-lovers in town. Mr Gurukar is not an online person; he doesn’t have an e-mail ID, not even a phone connection. We made the connection through Mr K N Srinivas  of Mysore Santhey . Mr Gurukar is his ‘discovery’.  Mr  Srinivas  has his own plans to plant fruit-bearing trees in Mysore’s home for the aged, orphanages, and other institutions.

Mr Gurukar was at work on the roadside near MUDA Circle on JLB Road when I met him. He carries with him the digging kit – shovel and things – and also a couple of plastic pots for watering the saplings. Mr Srinivas offered to find a sponsor who could equip Mr Gurukar with a tricycle that has a cargo hold.

Honge is Mr Gurukar’s favoured sapling for roadside planting because  “cattle eat away other saplings”. He  gets a honge sapling for Rs.20 that Mr Gurukar spends from his monthly pension of Rs.10,000.  On an average it takes him two days to plant a sapling.  Mr Gurukar often slogs it out on his own, without waiting for or seeking anyone’ help – ‘occasionally, I get one or two passers-by coming up to help’. Mr Gurukar can be an inspiration for neighbourhood green groups. Parents could encourage their children during vacation time to join Mr Gurukar in roadside tree-planting. Schools could invite him to address their students.  His address: Mr K R Gurukar, C H 61, V Main Rd., III Cross, Saraswathipuram, Mysore 570009


5 Responses

  1. Wow!

    He is truly an inspiration!

  2. […] 10)  And I wish the local media and  district authorities recognize the work of the likes of the roadside tree-planter K R Gurukar. […]

  3. […] best known tree-lover K R Gurukar,  who has planted over 1000  trees on city pavements in the last […]

  4. we should appriciate this person, with that we should take initiative for plantation. insted of taking advantage from one person we can do some inovative work. we can request the department of enviornment and the indian government to declare officially to plant only one plant in front of their house or in a plain area. i would like to tell this because one man in a city like mysore can plant only one city, what about rest of the cities in the country and in the world? we should not take advantage from only one person. it is the duty of the city corporations and ministry of enviornment. if the population of india plant a tree it will be more than the plantation of one city. I hope people can pass this message to ministry of enviornment. we the people of india know to appriciate a person but not to implimant it. i will request the person who is incharge of this site to pass this message to the government of india and the ministry for enviornment. we have elected those politicians without any response for our request.

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