Special Correspondent

25 lakh saplings to be planted in State

Thiruvananthapuram: Noted environmental activist Medha Patkar will arrive in the city on Tuesday to attend the inauguration of the `Ente Maram' tree planting campaign jointly organised by the departments of education and forest in connection with the World Environment Day.

Ms. Patkar will plant a sapling at the Karthika Tirunal Government Girls Vocational Higher Secondary School, Manacaud and administer a pledge to the children. Forest Minister Benoy Viswom is scheduled to inaugurate the State-wide campaign.

The Forest Department has kept ready 25 lakh saplings of 24 species to be distributed to 5,095 schools selected for the campaign. The saplings will be planted by students of Classes 5 to 9. School development committees will receive the saplings and take care of them after planting.

The largest number of saplings (3.64 lakhs) was distributed to schools in Malappuram.

The planting programme will take off in all the districts on June 5. As many as 24.46 lakh saplings are to be planted in a single day, making it one of the most intensive afforestation programmes ever taken up.