A greenery mapping is being carried out to ensure that 33 per cent of the city gets green cover by the year 2020, Vanitha Mohan, Managing Trustee, Siruthuli said here on Thursday.
Speaking at the “Coimbatore Day Celebrations,” organised by Siruthuli, Kural and Residents Awareness Association of Coimbatore (RAAC), Ms. Mohan said that as the city grows with more industries, and more migrant labourers settling here, the task of protecting the city lies with every citizens. They need to plant more saplings and get adequate water. She pointed out that plating one lakh saplings was a formidable task, but the overwhelming support from all the citizens made it possible.
She added that under the “Coimbatore Green Assets Registry,” a survey will be conducted to list and register every tree in the residential areas of the city.
An estimate will be prepared to ensure that that rest of the city gets green cover. She complemented the NGOs and the citizens for their support in initiating the green cover projects in the city.
To commemorate the Coimbatore Day Celebrations, “Unsung Heroes” citation was presented to S. Sowmya, a Standard VIII student of Kadri Mills Higher Secondary School in Ondipudur and her teacher Selvi, for their eco-consciousness and detailed study of River Noyal and its present state.
To celebrate Coimbatore's 207 year, since its inception as the district headquarters in 1804, “Perunelli Pravesham” is to re-enrich the region with 207 of these trees.
Later, an open forum inviting suggestions from the participants for the development of the city was also held. Participants spoke about traffic, pollution, segregation of garbage disposal and cleanliness within the house.
Few came up with suggestion that instead of creating jobs in the heart of the city and making roads congested, balanced development of other places would make free flow of traffic. Pratab Goukul Das, former Rotary president said that awareness about planting saplings should be inculcated in the minds of the children.
N. Krishnakumar, Chairman of Kural said that the past is excellent and the power to dream and execute of planting saplings will make the future prosperous for the city.