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TREE-LOVERS: S.Babuji (middle), Assistant General Manager, Karur Vysya Bank, planting a sapling along the Shastri Road in Tiruchi on Tuesday. —
TREE-LOVERS: S.Babuji (middle), Assistant General Manager, Karur Vysya Bank, planting a sapling along the Shastri Road in Tiruchi on Tuesday. —

Special Correspondent

Exnora plan to plant saplings along the arterial roads

TIRUCHI: District Exnora, in consultation with the Tiruchi Corporation, has initiated steps to restore the green cover in and around Thillai Nagar area where several avenue trees were felled recently for widening the roads.

Recently, the Corporation had widened the Thillai Nagar Main Road and the Shastri Road, running parallel to each other. Most of the cross roads between the two arterial roads were also widened and relaid under a major road improvement project executed with financial assistance from the German development bank, KfW.

Felling of trees along these roads had become inevitable for executing the project, though it came in for some criticism from some civic activists. Though situated at the heart of the city, the area was known for its green cover with several huge trees along the roads. Prior to the execution of the project, the Exnora had even formed a team to coordinate with the Corporation to identify the trees that had to be felled for the project.

In an attempt to restore the lost green cover, the Exnora has planned to plant saplings along the arterial roads in the area with the support of donor agencies.

To start with, saplings were planted on Tuesday along the Shastri Road, at about 20 identified sites, approved by the Corporation.

The Karur Vysya Bank had come forward to extend financial support for the exercise. The sapling plantation was carried out by the Exnora volunteers in the presence of S.Babuji, Assistant General Manager, KVB, and M.Subbaiyan, Chief Manager, KVB, Tiruchi.

Tree guards

Saplings of avenue trees were planted in pits lined with concrete well rings so that the newly laid road was not damaged.

Tree guards were also put up to protect the saplings from stray cattle.

G.Subramanian, District Exnora president, said the organisation has sought permission from the Corporation for planting saplings at identified sites along the Thillai Nagar Main Road and other cross roads.

Efforts would be made to increase the tree cover in a gradual manner, he said.

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