Staff Reporter

The district administration is taking up an initiative for planting avenue trees on both sides of the Kesavadasapuram-Plamoodu and the Karamana-Killipalam roads in Thiruvananthapuram city.

Thiruvananthapuram: The district administration has taken the initiative for a massive tree-planting drive in two major sections of the capital city. District Collector N. Ayyappan has announced here that shady avenue trees would be planted on both sides of the Kesavadasapuram-Plamoodu and the Karamana-Killipalam roads.

The National Highway Executive Engineer has been asked to identify the places where saplings could be planted without digging up the drains and utility lines.

Mr. Ayyappan said the tree-planting drive was likely to commence in two weeks. The Social Forestry Department has been asked to provide saplings.

The district administration's move is in response to a long-standing demand from pedestrians and motorists.

The Collector also announced that he would convene a meeting of nature lovers and officials representing the City Corporation and the Thiruvananthapuram Road Development Company Limited (TRDCL) to discuss the damage caused by the road works to the avenue trees lining the sides of the main road from Palayam to Vellayambalam.

Mr. Ayyappan visited the site to make an on-the-spot assessment of the threat caused by the tottering trees. He was accompanied by the officials from the Forest Department, the Kerala Road Fund Board and the Public Works Department.

After the inspection, Mr. Ayyappan said many of the big trees had their roots cut off or damaged during the construction of drains and footpaths.

He said some of the trees were in danger of collapsing on to vehicles or pedestrians passing beneath them.

Mr. Ayyappan said the decision to convene the meeting was taken following the recent incident in which a girl was crushed to death under a tree at East Fort.