Siruthuli as part of its drive has plans for planting 1.5 million saplings to enhance the green cover and already more than four lakh saplings have been planted across the city.
As part of the Pasumai Payanam, Siruthuli, an NGO involved in nature conservation, in association with Railways, Forest Department and German multinational Robert Bosch commenced a drive for planting saplings at the Podanur Railway Quarters.
The major challenge faced by Siruthuli was in maintaining the saplings and protecting them.
Identifying protected areas for planting saplings and nurturing it with the support of the residents of the locality was the initiative, under which Podanur Railway Quarters was chosen.
Of the 3,200 saplings planned for the quarters, as many as 1,400 were planted on Friday. Vanitha Mohan, Managing Trustee of Siruthuli, R. Raveendran, Secretary of Residents Awareness Association of Coimbatore, Grote Walter, Senior Executive of Robert Bosch, Venugopal, Vice-President – Commercial, Navita Singh, Chief Workshop Manager of Southern Railway – Podanur, M.B. Srinivasan, Additional Divisional Engineer – Podanur, and S.M. Natarajan, Range Officer – Coimbatore, planted the saplings.
The species planted on Friday included neem, mahagony, rosewood, vaagai, pungan, neermathi, iyal vaagai, sorgam and kumizh.
More than 500 volunteers from schools and colleges were involved in the drive. Robert Bosch, as part of their corporate social responsibility will help nurture the saplings through drip irrigation system to ensure 100 per cent survival.