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Corporation appeals for help in raising Green Park

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The Hindu             21.11.2013 

Corporation appeals for help in raising Green Park

Special Correspondent

The Tiruchirapalli City Corporation has invited environmental activists and city residents interested in conserving the environment to sponsor tree saplings at the Green Park being raised at Panchapur on the outskirts of the city.

The corporation is raising the park on a five-acre area and plans to plant a variety of saplings, including herbs. The park would house a meditation hall, a small zoological park, a toy train, and models of the seven wonders of the World.

Environmental activists and people interested in conservation could sponsor a sapling by paying Rs. 3,000. So far, about 198 persons have contributed the sum and joined the initiative. Akshaya, a class 6 girl, handed a cheque for Rs. 3,000 to Corporation Commissioner V.P. Thandapani on Wednesday for a sapling to be planted on her behalf at the park, according to an official release.

Those interested in participating in the initiative can call 7639566000, the release added.


Now, schools impart lessons in kitchen gardening

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The Hindu            20.11.2013

Now, schools impart lessons in kitchen gardening

Sowing the seed:Eco club students of Sacred Hearts Matriculation School working in the school's herbal garden, in Chennai —Photo: R. Ravindran
Sowing the seed:Eco club students of Sacred Hearts Matriculation School working in the school's herbal garden, in Chennai —Photo: R. Ravindran

In an attempt to re-connect urban students with their food, select city schools, including a school run by Chennai Corporation, are encouraging their children to grow vegetables and medicinal herbs in small patches of gardens created on their premises. “Observing the growth of plants teaches students patience and prepares them to face challenges,” Grace Alwyn, principal of Gateway International School (CBSE), Padur said. The bulk of the lady’s finger, brinjal, and a variety of greens and gourds that they are growing will go to the home for destitute and orphaned girls run by the Brotherhood Education Trust.

Students of Sacred Hearts Matriculation School now know how to sow seeds and nurture plants as part of their ‘Field-to-Table’ programme, where students will be cooking the vegetables they grow. Once a week, the students take to the school’s spacious backyard armed with shovels, buckets and manure.

Sri RKM Sarada Vidyalaya Model Girls Higher Secondary School in T.Nagar, and Chennai Corporation Higher Secondary School in Thiruvanmiyur run similar programmes.

On Monday, Sarada Vidyalaya School students handed out one kg of lady’s finger to the noon meal centre attached to the school, said headmistress Kannaki Prabakaran. V. M. Arya, a student of the school, said she started growing brinjal, chillies and tomatoes in her house now.

S. Kathiyayini, a class VIII student at Sacred Hearts, said: “We have learnt more about soil types, seasonal plants, and we also a got an idea of how our vegetables are grown.”


More schools in Coimbatore to get solar cookers

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The Hindu             19.11.2013

More schools in Coimbatore to get solar cookers

Karthik Madhavan

It is proving to be cost-effective, environment friendly

After experimenting with solar power in cooking noon meal for students in a corporation school, the Coimbatore Corporation has decided to provide them to a few more schools.

The corporation, sometime in August, installed two solar cookers at the North Coimbatore School at Rs. 68,000.

Corporation Commissioner G. Latha had said that the civic body was keen on tapping alternative sources of energy to bring down reliance on conventional sources of energy and provide a friendly kitchen environment for workers, who had been struggling with firewood.

Now the corporation had decided to increase the number of solar cookers to five.

This followed a positive feedback from the North Coimbatore School and an audit of the benefits, said sources.

Though the sky had been cloudy and it had been raining, the noon meal workers there were able to boil eggs and a few other items.


They had problem with boiling rice in the cooker as the time consumed was longer.

The sources said that the cooker took around an hour to cook 3 kg rice.

A study conducted by N. Ravi Shankar, an energy auditor, was almost complete and that the report would be out very soon.

The sources said that the study had revealed that the use of solar cookers could lead to savings.

The exact quantity of savings would be known only after the audit report was submitted.

The sources said that in the next phase, the corporation would install the solar cookers in all the higher secondary schools and thereafter in all the 86 schools under its control.

The Coimbatore Corporation would get subsidy from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Resources.

Coimbatore has been declared a solar mission city by the Union Government.


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