…I’d rather fund a project to plant 1 lakh saplings and to preserve and protect them like they are doing in Kochi.
Plan to plant 1 lakh saplings
KOCHI, May 16 — With the expansion of the city adversely affecting the greenery of Kochi, the Corporation has finally woken up to find a solution to the issue by launching an initiative to plant one lakh tree saplings, starting June 4.
The project will be implemented at a cost of Rs 25 lakh.
Extending support to the project, the Kerala Agricultural University and the Fisheries University have decided to develop a herbal garden at the Subhash Chandra Bose Park in the city.
A 25-member executive committee has been constituted for taking up the project.
The members of the committee comprise representatives of the Ernakulam District Residents Association Apex Council (EDRAC), the Chamber of Commerce, the Merchants Union and the NGO, Grow Green International.
Under the project, the saplings will be protected until they grow into trees. This job will be jointly done by the Kudumbashree Mission, the Chamber of Commerce and the Merchants Union.
“What is more important than planting these one lakh trees is preserving and protecting them. Unless these trees are preserved properly, the project cannot be considered successful,” Town Planning Committee member Viju said.
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