35,000 trees for Chennai

According to an article in The Hindu dated August 17nth the Forest Department is all set to launch its urban afforestation drive in the state with 100,000 trees to be planted across sic city corporations in the state. This will cover Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchi, Tirunelveli and Salem. Chennai will receive 35,000 saplings as part of this initiative from the saplings raised in the Forest Department’s nurseries in each of these corporation areas. The Department has allocated Rs 4 crores for this initiative to cover the cost of raising the saplings, digging pits and maintaining the saplings for two years. The Department has also budgeted the cost of replacing saplings that may die within those two years. The work would begin just before the monsoon and be completed by year end. The Department plans to hand over the raised saplings to locals or resident welfare associations who are interested to nurture, protect and grow the trees along with local bodies. This is a wonderful initiative which can green many parts of the city, including the compounds and surroundings of residential complexes and roads. Unfortunately the Department had not included information on whom to contact if interested in this afforestation drive. Hopefully they will do so and those interested will be able to contact them for the saplings.

4 Comments so far

  1. Rajeshkumar (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 11:56 am

    This is just one side of the story.
    After this government came to power, lot or trees are being cut down. Are they following any procedure? what is done to the trees. If it is sold how much money did the government get from this? Are they planting trees in place of those trees. Or was it just for the drama explained in the above story.

    (I do not belong to or support any political party. I am just a poor tax payer)

  2. david (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 2:16 pm

    Rajesh, the trees being cut down by the corporation were at the instance of the police as they were a traffic hazard after the roads were widened.However, the courts directed the corporation to not only replace the trees brought down, but to plant many more. Check out this post which you may have missed:

  3. Bhadri (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 11:35 pm

    As long as the tree cover is increasing, it is definitely helpful. They should make it a point to plant saplings again in the roads where trees were cut for road widening in a more planned way such that there is enough space for traffic as well as lot of avenue trees on the side. A city like Chennai with sweltering heat and heavy air pollution definitely needs lot of greeney. Also, Chennai seems to be very dusty compared to other cities.

  4. Rajeshkumar (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 12:54 am

    David, I have read that. I am not talking just about the road side trees. Planting new trees… I don’t see that happening everywhere…
    Also, I don’t think trees are the only reason for the traffic issues. There are several places where just pruning would resolve the issue. I can find more hoardings that create traffic issues than the trees.

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