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National Highways to sport a luxuriant look soon

GREEN COVER: Saplings on the Chennai-Bangalore stretch render pleasing environs. Photo: N. Bashkaran

GREEN COVER: Saplings on the Chennai-Bangalore stretch render pleasing environs. Photo: N. Bashkaran  

Staff Reporter

KRISHNAGIRI: In a measure aimed at giving National Highways a green cover, the Hosur Forest Department has planted about 60,000 saplings on the four-lane road connecting Bangalore and Chennai. A complete stretch of the National Highways from Hosur to Bargur extending about 70 kms had been allotted to the Hosur Forest Division for the purpose.

The saplings of 20 different varieties have been planted on this stretch at an estimate of Rs. 2.5 crores, said the District Forest Officer, S. Paulraj.

Ecological awareness

He said that one to seven rows of saplings had been developed on either side of the road depending on the land available on the National Highways. The green cover will not only provide a cool environs but also prevent encroachments. A committee will also be formed for protection and utilisation of the trees by villagers from nearby areas. This would ensure the participation of the public and also create ecological awareness, he said.

Tree parks

In addition, the Forest Department has plans to develop four roadside tree parks for travellers to rest. The tree parks would come up on the new Collectorate Complex, at Bandarapalli, Shoolagiri, and Gopachandiram. The tree parks would also be provided with drinking water, bench facilities and environment awareness boards.

Refreshment centres would also be opened in the parks, to be maintained by self-help groups. The saplings would be maintained by the Forest Department for three years and would be handed over to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for future maintenance, he said.

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