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R. SRIKANTH
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To be green soon: Several streets in Velachery would very soon be converted into a green belt with the planting of avenue trees. A view of VGP Selva Nagar 2nd Cross Street in Velachery. Photo: R. Srikanth.
To be green soon: Several streets in Velachery would very soon be converted into a green belt with the planting of avenue trees. A view of VGP Selva Nagar 2nd Cross Street in Velachery. Photo: R. Srikanth.

If the wishes of Samarpan Foundation, Velachery, comes true Velachery would soon be transformed from a concrete jungle in to green belt. The Samarpan Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation engaged in several welfare activities all over India, has proposed to plant thousands of avenue trees in Velachery.

Romaine San Francesco, project coordinator, said that Samarpan has pledged to plant 5,20,000 trees under the ‘Wishes come true' all over the world. As part of greening the city of Chennai, the Chennai Corporation has identified Velachery division for planting avenue trees in the first phase. She said when the proposal to plant trees in the city was taken up with Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni, he directed us to start the initiative in Velachery.

She said that when we explained to the Commissioner about identifying an area where the effort of planting avenue trees would not go waste by chopping off the trees for road widening purposes after a few years. “Around 1,200 streets have been identified for planting the trees after meeting L. Nandakumar, Assistant Executive Engineer, Velachery Division. Also we have approached the Forest Department to help provide saplings for this green drive and they have come forward to provide the saplings.” Elizabeth Vijayaraghavan, another coordinator of the project, said that before starting the ‘Wishes come true' (tree planting drive) initiative, we want to create awareness about the necessity to plant trees and to be sure the trees survive. We also would like to involve local residents, members of residents welfare associations, schools, colleges, social activists, nature lovers and corporates in the locality to come forward to ensure the success of the greening initiative. Slowly, the greening project would be extended to all parts of the city with the active cooperation of the civic body and the Forest Department. Another important project the foundation has proposed to take up was eradication of mosquitoes from the city. The foundation has submitted a proposal for mosquito eradication and fogging operations for the city and its waterways. It proposes to use a three-pronged approach of awaeness programmes, fogging operations for immediate and cyclic eradication of mosquitoes and long-term complete larvae destruction.

For details about the greening and mosquitoes eradication project, Ms. Francesco can be contacted at 9823529678 and 24495123. The foundation can also be emailed at: Chennai@samarpanfoundation.org.

R. SRIKANTH

Velachery would soon be ransformed from a concrete jungle into green belt

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