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Avoid climbing Tiruvannamalai hills, people told

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TIRUVANNAMALAI: The district revenue administration and the forest department have jointly appealed to the public not to climb the hills in town to protect the trees planted under the afforestation programme of the Tiruvannamalai Greening Society.

Greening project

The Collector and chairman of the Greening Society, said that 50,000 trees had been planted on 120 acres on the hills through the Greening Society and the forest department. Forest fires had been largely prevented last year through the vigil of the fire prevention watchmen of the Greening Society and the volunteers of non-governmental organisations.

Those who were responsible for causing fires on the hills were being arrested and criminal proceedings launched against them.

If it was necessary to go up the hills, the public should do so after obtaining permission from the District Forest Officer (DFO, and they have been requested not to carry inflammable materials with them.

If anyone sighted smoke on the hills, he or she has been requested to immediately contact the DFO at phone no.254018 or the Fire Station at phone no.101.

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