Staff Reporter

KARUR: The Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited (TNPL) has planned to undertake afforestation in over one lakh acres by 2012 for meeting its biomass requirements. So far over 35,000 acres have been covered and every year around 15,000 acres were being added, according to the TNPL Managing Director Mohammed Nazimuddin.

Speaking at a function organised at Kagithapuram near here to mark the planting of 50,000 saplings in the neighbourhood of its paper mill facility there on Friday, Mr. Nazimuddin pointed out that through such a venture the TNPL could ensure that it would have access to raw material in a sustainable and eco-friendly manner. The move would also ensure that barren lands be converted into fertile ones, he added.

In the silver jubilee anniversary of its commencement of production, TNPL organised the massive programme through which 50,000 saplings were planted within an area of 10 sqkm. The whole exercise was undertaken in a single day, Mr. Nazimuddin observed.

The Managing Director said that the plantation programme covered 10 villages including Punnam, Kagithapuram, Pavithram, Kuppam, Vettamangalam, Punjai Pugalur, Nanjai Pugalur, Punjai Thottakurichi, Thirukkaduthurai and Manmangalam villages.

The local body representatives and over 5,000 students from 16 schools in the vicinity participated in the afforestation programme on Friday.

More than 25 species of saplings including neem, tamarind, vagai, vadanarayanan, bamboo, badam, amla, mango, banyan, iuluppai, teak, mahogany and silver oak were planted. The saplings were raised in special nurseries for six months.