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A ‘green’ Nellai

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The Hindu                09.10.2013

A ‘green’ Nellai

Tirunelveli Collector C. Samayamoorthy (right) planting a sapling on the premises of Anna University's Tirunelveli centre on Tuesday
Tirunelveli Collector C. Samayamoorthy (right) planting a sapling on the premises of Anna University's Tirunelveli centre on Tuesday

Collector C. Samayamoorthy formally inaugurated the ‘Green Nellai’ campaign by planting a tree sapling on the Anna University’s Tirunelveli Centre premises in Palayamkottai on Tuesday.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Samayamoorthy said environmental pollution that had led to global warming had affected the monsoon pattern and also average annual rainfall. Consequently, ensuring regular supply of drinking water to every individual had become a major challenge.

“To mitigate this situation, I appeal to every student here to grow a tree on this premise and nurture it like a baby,” the Collector said.

Mr. Samayamoorthy, who conceived this project, has identified Departments of Agriculture, Horticulture and Forest for executing this task on the office premises of all government departments, educational institutions, around government quarters, along the roads and also on the banks of 921 systemised and 1,528 non-systemised tanks across the district.

The Department of Forest, while planting and maintaining 1.28 lakh tree saplings, will distribute 11,000 tree saplings to the public and the Department of Agriculture, on its part, will get saplings, including coconut saplings, from its nursery at Tenkasi and also from the private suppliers.

The officials concerned have been instructed to procure and supply only one-year-old saplings to the public so that it can withstand even adverse climatic conditions at least to some extent.

The Tirunelveli Corporation has been given the responsibility of planting and maintaining 5,000 saplings in the areas under its jurisdiction. Each town panchayat will have to grow 500 saplings and each government office premises will have a minimum of 50 saplings. Even the primary health centres and the government hospitals have been asked to provide ‘green cover’ to their campuses.

 

Meeting on planting 10 lakh saplings held

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The Hindu             26.09.2013

Meeting on planting 10 lakh saplings held

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A consultative meeting on planting 10 lakh saplings across the district as part of ‘Green Tirunelveli’ campaign, initiated by Collector C. Samayamoorthy, was held here on Wednesday.

The Collector has identified the Agriculture, Horticulture and Forest Departments for planting saplings on the premises of all government offices and official quarters, along roads and on the banks of 921 systemised and 1,528 non-systemised tanks across the district.

The Forest Department, while planting and maintaining 1.28 lakh saplings, will distribute 11,000 saplings to the public.

The Agriculture Department will get the saplings from its nursery at Tenkasi and also from private suppliers.

The officials have been instructed to procure and supply one-year-old saplings to the public so that they will withstand the adverse climatic conditions to some extent.

The Tirunelveli Corporation has been given the responsibility of planting and maintaining 5,000 saplings.

Each town panchayat will have to grow 500 saplings and each government office premises will have a minimum of 50 saplings.

Even primary health centres and government hospitals have been asked to provide ‘green cover’ to their campuses.

Schools, colleges and other educational institutions will grow over 50,000 saplings on the premises.

Heads of government departments have been entrusted with the task of reviewing the maintenance and growth of saplings, which will have metal guards.

Schools and colleges which do not have compound walls will be given plants which are not grazed by cattle.

The office premises will have fruit-bearing trees like mango, jamun, etc.

The officials have been told to rope in the labourers hired under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, to water the plants, particularly during the summer, and on holidays in the case of the educational institutions.

Voluntary organisations like Lions and Rotary Clubs, local bodies and their representatives, NCC cadets, NSS volunteers and members of the National Green Corps will also participate in the campaign.

 

Corporation launches a green drive

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The Hindu               19.09.2013

Corporation launches a green drive

Special Correspondent

A greening drive was launched in the city on Wednesday by the Tiruchi Corporation in association with the Forest Department. The Corporation has identified 2,280 places in the four zones of the city for planting tree saplings. About 2,700 tree saplings will be planted at these places and of these 1,700 saplings will be plated through the Forest Department. The civic body has also got about 1,400 tree guards to protect the saplings through private sponsors. On Wednesday, about 500 saplings were planted in different places of the city including Srirangam, Thillai Nagar and Thennur. At Srirangam, Mayor A.Jaya led a team of elected representatives and officials in this.

 


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