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PROTECTING TREES: Poet and environmentalist Sugathakumari, K.K. Divakaran, MLA, and District Collector K.V. Mohankumar join a campaign to remove billboards from roadside trees near Fort Maidan, Palakkad, on Monday.
PROTECTING TREES: Poet and environmentalist Sugathakumari, K.K. Divakaran, MLA, and District Collector K.V. Mohankumar join a campaign to remove billboards from roadside trees near Fort Maidan, Palakkad, on Monday.

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Errant companies warned of revenue recovery proceedings

PALAKKAD: District Collector K.V. Mohankumar has warned companies and institutions which have put up billboards on roadside trees that they will have to face revenue recovery proceedings if these were not removed by Tuesday.

He said here on Monday that billboards and banners were put up by hitting long nails and other iron materials into the wood, causing damage to the trees. Those who did not remove these will face action under the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984.

Sugathakumari, poet, inaugurated a programme of the Forest Department to protect roadside trees near Fort Maidan here on Monday.

She said that when the world was caught up in global warming and climate change, even the most educated people of Kerala were engaged in the destruction of trees and forests.

She urged the government agencies, voluntary organisations and environmentalist groups to join hands to protect lakhs of roadside trees that are giving shade, oxygen and water to the people.

K.K. Divakaran, MLA, Mr. Mohankumar, N.K. Sasidharan, Conservator of Forest, Olvakkode, P.S. Mani, Divisional Forest Officer, Palakkad, and L. Namasivayan, environmentalist, were among those who spoke.

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