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“I am bothered about my surroundings”

George Thomas at Sylvan Lodge Colony changing the colony into greenary. Photo: V. Ganesan   | Photo Credit: V_GANESAN

Dr. George Nursing Home at Sylvan Lodge Colony Third Cross Street is not just a landmark in the neighbourhood. For most residents, it is a model road. It is where the ‘Clean Kilpauk campaign’ kicks off every year and where George Thomas resides. Last week, the Kilpauk Residents Welfare Association (KRWA) awarded George Thomas, who runs the psychiatric hospital, the ‘Kilpauk Ratna’ title for his contribution to the neighbourhood.

His citation reads: “Mr. Thomas George is a multi-faceted personality. He is a storehouse of energy when it comes to helping the society. He has continued his father’s work both at Dr. George Nursing Home and KRWA. With a twinkle in his eyes and smile, he readily accomplishes the impossible.”

“I don’t know if I really deserve such a title but I am honoured,” said George, who served as president of the Association some years ago. A lover of nature, George was given the task of greening various streets of Kilpauk during his tenure as joint secretary.

“I was deputed by General Aban Naidu, then president, to plant as many saplings in Kilpauk and protect them with tree guards. I planted sapling in front of resident’s houses who promised to nurture them,” he says.

George did check on them but the task became easy as residents also showed interest. Landons Road, he says, is an example. “It had very few houses in the 80s, many households volunteered to water the saplings till they grow on their own,” he says.

His street is lined with trees and is used by many walkers for their morning walk. “This being a corner building, we always wanted it to be a model for others,” he says, pointing to the 11 tall trees outside his house that were planted by him. The pavements outside his house are litter-free zone.

A permanent water bowl is made on the pavement for thirsty animals to feed. George, who retired as a hospital administrator, says he is inspired to take small initiatives around him as it bothers him. “My elders have also motivated me (My father T. George was one of the founding members of the KRWA) and I have a desire to keep my environment clean,” he adds.


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