Substitutes sprout for felled trees

A plot on the premises of the Sainik School, Kazhakuttom, that has been cleared for afforestation.

A plot on the premises of the Sainik School, Kazhakuttom, that has been cleared for afforestation.  

Afforestation on 12 ha to compensate for trees felled for Vizhinjam port

The Social Forestry wing of the Forest Department has commenced an afforestation drive to compensate for the trees that were felled for the Vizhinjam International Seaport project.

While 1,127 trees had been felled by Adani Vizhinjam Port Private Ltd, the concessionaire of the project, the compensatory afforestation involved planting 10 times the number of trees felled. The most number of trees were felled at a plot acquired for the truck terminal area of the port site, official sources said.

To cost ₹80.50 lakh

Several varieties of seedlings, which are a year old, have been planted on a plot of 12 hectares on the premises of the Sainik School in Kazhakuttam, under a scheme proposed by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Social Forestry). The financial burden for the afforestation scheme, estimated to be ₹80.50 lakh over three years, will be borne by the concessionaire.

Fruit-bearing trees

The government had accorded administrative sanction for the project in April.

According to J.R. Ani, Assistant Conservator of Forests (Social Forestry), Thiruvananthapuram, fruit-bearing species have been given priority for the afforestation drive.

These included water apple, mango, jamun, jackfruit and rambutan. Many other flowering, medicinal and timber species including kanikonna, Ashoka, mahogany, anjili and lakshmitharu are also being grown.

They were being cultivated adjacent to a plot of 20 hectares that had been identified for compensatory afforestation to make up for the trees axed for the development of the NH-66 bypass three years ago.

18,000 saplings

Besides, the Social Forestry wing is set to raise a nursery of 18,000 saplings, many of which were intended for institutional planting.

With many such afforestation campaigns being concentrated at the premises of the school and the greenfield stadium at Karyavattom, the region has come to be known as the largest green lung in the city.

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