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Forest dept. plans green cover drive

V.S. Palaniappan

Coimbatore: The Coimbatore circle of the forest department is planning an afforestation drive to enhance green cover in urban and semi urban pockets of Coimbatore district.

According to the District Forest Officer, I. Anwardeen, the department is joining hands with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and residential associations classifying Coimbatore into three phases -- developed, underdeveloped and to be developed for planning the drive.

In the first phase, the department will plant nearly 600 saplings in association with the Residents Awareness Association of Coimbatore. The department will provide saplings and the associations are expected to come forward to dig pits for planting them.

Utmost care is being taken to get a guarantee from the residents for protecting these saplings. As a matter of precaution, saplings measuring six feet in height are being supplied to ensure higher survival rate. The planting would be completed before the exit of the North East Monsoon. To begin with, four residential colonies in and around Thadagam Road and Mettupalayam Road such as Srivari Gardens, Aiswarya Gardens, Lakshmi Nagar and Amman Nagar are being taken up.

The required saplings are raised at the residence of the District Forest Officer, Conservator of Forests, Coimbatore Circle, and at the forest department nursery at Mettupalayam.

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