Nagapattinam: Forest Department initiates ‘green’ drive

NAGAPATTINAM: The District Forest Department ushered in a green drive at the Collectorate premises here with the planting of 500 saplings on Wednesday. The project was a part of the Forest Department’s ‘greening’ scheme of the Collectorate.

The purpose was to foster more green cover in the district, which had a forest cover of 3.64 per cent. As part of the initiative, about 1,100 saplings were proposed to be planted within the Collectorate.

About 500 saplings were planted initially. The programme envisaged planting of all the saplings within the end of the monsoon period.

The Highways Department had dug the earth at appropriate locations for the planting of saplings. The Forest Department had provided the saplings and the Indian Overseas bank had granted Rs.50,000 for fencing the saplings. Collector C. Munianathan, presiding over the event, hoped that the project would provide a cue to the public to take up afforestation with renewed zest.

V. Thirunavukarasu, District Forest Officer, A. Annadurai, District Revenue Officer, R. Muthusamy, Chief Regional Manager, Indian Overseas Bank, Veerachamy, District Education Officer, S. Yamunabai, District Disabled Rehabilitation Officer, along with officials from the Public Works Department, Highways Department and Revenue Department were present.


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