15-decade-old trees to be replanted on Madurai Collectorate premises

A neem tree being uprooted on Madurai Collectorate premises.

A neem tree being uprooted on Madurai Collectorate premises.   | Photo Credit: G_Moorthy

In a sensitive gesture towards conservation of trees, around 15 decades-old trees, which could have been chopped for the ongoing construction of new building, are being replanted in other spots identified within the premises.

With the present stone-masonry building at Madurai Collectorate crossing 100 years, the government has decided to construct a new building to house 26 offices in around 4.43 acre of land on the southern side of the premises, which had a variety of trees, almost all of which were at least 20 years old.

On the instructions of the district administration, officials from the Public Works Department, in charge of the construction, engaged Vivek Nursery Garden that had prior experience in replanting of trees to uproot 15 trees and replant them in other spots.

The trees included 13 neem trees, one punga and one eecha tree. Stating that this was the first time he was doing such work in a government office in southern districts, M. Poomani, who runs Vivek Nursery Garden, said that extensive care had to be taken during the replantation to ensure that the trees do not die.

According to him, the branches of the 15 trees were trimmed with just the trunk and few main branches intact. “We then apply some fertilizers on the trunk and branches to protect the trees from fungal attack,” he said.

“We do not use heavy equipment. Instead people dig around the trees with crowbar and other tools till the bottom of the taproot,” he said, adding that the trees were then carefully lifted and shifted to the new spot with earthmoving equipment.

While four trees were replanted on Sunday, remaining 11 will be done over the next few days, he added.

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