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Forest Minister says billboards on roadsides trees will be removed

Nedumbassery: Forest Minister Benoy Viswom has said the government will soon initiate steps to curb the practice of private firms placing billboards on roadside trees in the State.

Talking to presspersons here on Monday, he said the authorities had started removing such advertisements along the carriageways in Palakkad district.

All other districts would follow suit soon.

According to him, the practice of hitting large metal pins on the trees for holding the boards was affecting the longevity of the trees.

Mr. Viswom said the removal of boards would be carried out in a systematic manner based on the reports from the District Collectors and the Forest Department. A notice would be issued to the firms concerned before removing the boards.

On the progress of the social forestry scheme aimed at greening major roads in the State, the Minister said the government had planted 1,10,000 saplings across the State. It had also roped in the services of the public to ensure the protection of the saplings.

Now the Forest Department was focusing on the areas, including Kalamassery and the Seaport-Airport road in Ernakulam district, where the project could not fare better, the Minister added.