Planting of more than 3,000 saplings and reclamation of wasteland has created a green corridor covering 13 acres at Arasur Village Panchayat. Arasur panchayat president A.V. Govindarajan has taken the initiative to sink three bore-wells and install drip irrigation facilities without funds from the Government.

Perur panchayat has achieved almost 100 per cent waste segregation at source because of a sustainable waste management system put in place by Perur Town Panchayat Executive Officer Thamil Selvan.

A 75-year-old Bodhi tree, which faced the axe is still surviving because of the efforts of NIFT TEA.

The organisation transplanted it on their campus at their cost.

These are but three of the actions of 13 individuals/institutions who were conferred the Eco Awards 2013 by Residents Awareness Association of Coimbatore (RAAC) and the Association of British Scholars (ABS), Coimbatore Chapter, for propagating and adopting environment-friendly practices.

The awards were presented on Thursday by Paul Sellers, Director of British Council (South India), Chennai.

He said that environment-friendly measures were needed to combat climate change. He asked commercial enterprises to adopt eco-friendly business and manufacturing practices.

RAAC president C.R. Swaminathan; secretary R. Ravindran; ABS president (Coimbatore) S. Rajasekaran; secretary N.V. Sreejaya; spoke.

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