Medians to go green

More greenery: Saplings planted on the median on Anna Salai. —

More greenery: Saplings planted on the median on Anna Salai. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: K.Pichumani

Deepa H Ramakrishnan

Highways Department planting saplings on several facilities

CHENNAI: In an effort to add more greenery to the otherwise mundane-looking medians in various parts of the city, the Highways Department (city division) has started to plant saplings on several facilities.

Several saplings, including crotons, oleander (arali) and phycus are being planted on Anna Salai, Poonamallee High road and Grand Southern Trunk Road.

A senior official of the Highways Department said that this effort was part of its plan to mend broken medians, lay new ones in certain stretches and increase height wherever necessary.

“We plan to make all medians uniform. There are some stretches that have short medians or railings. The ideal height of medians is 85 cm. Over the years, some medians have become shorter. This needs to be corrected to prevent people from jumping over.”

Recently, work on increasing the height of a median from Anna Flyover to Arivalayam was completed and tiles were being affixed now on the sides.

The official said that work for beautification and maintenance of about 4 km of medians had been entrusted to the Tamil Nadu Road Infrastructure Development Corporation. Further tenders would be called for the remaining length of medians in a couple of months.

Meanwhile, the old earth filled inside the medians was being removed and replaced with fresh red earth and manure in some places. Saplings had been planted from Periyar Bridge (near Island Grounds) to GP Road junction and for a length of about 3 km on Poonamallee High Road. The planting in other important stretches would be completed in about 15 days.

The cost of planting and maintaining one km of plants for a period of one year would be Rs. 8 lakh.

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