ANDHRA PRADESH

Plant saplings through a website!

A file photo of district Collector Neetu Prasad presenting sapling plantation certificates to the winners of essay writing competition in Kakinada.  

As many as 60 students of various schools in East Godavari district have planted saplings at Madanapalle in Chittoor district. Interestingly, none of them has visited the place.

The plantation has been done through grow-trees.com, which is providing an opportunity to environment lovers to plant saplings in places of their choice.

One can log on to the website and enrol oneself to utilise the service, which is charged. Through the website, trees can be presented to individuals on different occasions.

All the 60 children were winners of essay writing competition conducted by the district chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) to mark World Heritage Day held last week.

Since it was the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, the competition was conducted on the life and works of Tagore.

“Instead of presenting routine prizes to the winners, we thought of doing something different this year.

Hence, we have registered with the website and presented certificates with our logo,” L. Seshu Kumari, convener of the INTACH's district chapter, told The Hindu on Tuesday.

Ms. Seshu Kumari said she came into contact with Karan Shaw, a young entrepreneur who launched the website, during the recent TEDx summit.

“We found it interesting that we can present trees to people in the choice of our place.

As we have celebrated the birth anniversary of Tagore, we wanted the website promoters to plant saplings at Madanapalle, where Tagore spent some time and penned ‘Jana gana mana', on behalf of the winners of the competition,” she explained.

Certificates with the logos of the website and the INTACH were presented to the winners, who could monitor the progress of the saplings being planted on their behalf through the website.

They could also see the trees whenever they visited the place.

“Mr. Shaw told us that many corporate companies are coming forward to plant saplings on behalf of their employees and clients.

After all, it is an eco-friendly gift,” Ms. Seshu Kumari said.





All the 60 children were winners of essay writing competition conducted by the the INTACH

Certificates with the logos of the website and the INTACH were presented to the winners