Afforestation drive planned to mark Tamil conference

Coimbatore: The State Government has announced a massive drive to ensure greenery in Coimbatore by planting one lakh saplings. State Forest Minister N. Selvaraj is expected to launch the drive on Tuesday.

A meeting to finalise the plan of action was held on Monday, which was attended by Conservator of Forests R. Kannan, District Collector P. Umanath, Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra, and District Forest Officer I. Anwardeen. Meeting resolved to ensure fullest participation of Government departments, public, local bodies, educational institutions and non-governmental organisations to achieve 100 per cent target and to ensure highest survival rate of the saplings especially when the southwest monsoon is expected to set in soon.

Representatives of educational institutions, officers from education department (both school and higher education), representatives from Anna University, Bharathiar University, officials from Town Panchayats, Panchayats, officials from Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, Highways, Coimbatore Coporation, office-bearers of voluntary organisations such as Osai, Siruthuli and RAAC took part.

Authorities have planned to have reasonable but specific targets for each organisation, institution and ensure success.

The objective is to enhance the green lung space within the City, suburbs and across the district. The drive is expected to compensate the loss of trees owing to various road widening works. Officials have planned to have trees planted on either side of the arterial roads especially in pockets where there are no space constraints. The authorities discussed the modalities for ensuring the watering of the plants till the northwest monsoon brings in a substantial downpour. The project is expected to take off immediately.



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