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A committee comprising officials of the Chennai Corporation and the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) and NGOs like Exnora, Lions and Rotary Clubs, would be constituted, to draw plans to make Chennai a green zone, according to R. Govindaraj, president, EGPC.
A survey of the existing trees in Chennai and the possible locations where trees could be planted, should be undertaken immediately, said K. Ramdoss, general secretary, EGPC.
L.S.M. Hasan Fizal, co-ordinator, EGPC, said strict action should be taken against those who cut trees.
The council would soon approach the High Court to stop indiscriminate tree-cutting.
S. Srinivasan, co-ordinator, EGPC, said many commercial interests were nailing advertisement boards and tying banners on trees and the Chennai Corporation should remove them.
The council resolved to urge the Chennai Corporation, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, the Highways and the Telephone Departments to form a committee to prevent the cutting of trees. As a first step, a meeting of NGOs and Government officials has been proposed for September 21.
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