Madhya Pradesh Spends Rs 12 Lakh A Yr To Preserve “VVIP Tree”

The Peepal tree is stored inside a 15-feet-high iron web.

There’s a tree like no different on a hillock in Salmatpur in Madhya Pradesh (eight kilometres from well-liked Buddhis web site Sanchi) – it prices the state authorities Rs 12 lakh a 12 months to take care of the tree. The Peepal tree, which the locals say is India’s first “VVIP tree”, is situated 5 kilometres away from the Sanchi Buddhist complicated, a UNESCO World Heritage Website, between Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal and Vidisha city. 4 safety guards are deployed for the safety of the tree for twenty-four hours.

The high-profile tree is stored in pristine situation, with native officers guaranteeing that even a single leaf would not dry up.

The Peepal tree was planted in 2012 by then Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa from a sapling taken from the island nation. It belongs to the identical Bodhi tree below which Gautam Buddha mentioned to have achieved enlightenment.

The hillock the place the tree is located has been allotted for Sanchi Buddhist College. This complete space is being developed as a Buddhist circuit. That is the explanation why this tree has been planted right here as a result of it has particular significance for the followers of Buddhism.

In accordance with the Buddhist spiritual trainer Chandraratan, Buddha attained enlightenment below this tree in Bodh Gaya. It was taken from India to Sri Lanka by Emperor Ashoka’s daughter Sanghamitra and planted in Anuradhapuram. A part of the identical tree has been planted on the land of Sanchi Buddhist College.

The tree is stored inside a 15-feet-high iron web. “This sacred tree is monitored for twenty-four hours. There aren’t any holidays even when there’s a Teej competition,” Rahul Dhamnodia, a safety guard posted for the security of the tree, instructed Ednbox.

Authorities mentioned one safety guard is paid a wage of Rs 26,000 a month for shielding the tree. Since 4 safety guards are a part of the tree’s safety equipment, the month-to-month safety expense involves Rs 1,04,000. For a whole 12 months, authorities spend Rs 12.48 lakh to take care of the well being of the tree.

For its irrigation, the Sanchi municipality has organized a separate water tanker. The officers of the Agriculture Division go to the place each week to avoid wasting the tree from illness. All this occurs below the supervision of the District Collector.

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