Green drive ends, seeds of new beginning planted
For Lata Phadse, originally from Nasik but now residing at Mahindra World City (MWC), Chennai in Chengalpet, planting a sapling brought back memories of working at her farm in Maharashtra.
Lata was among the thousands who gathered at the MWC Chennai campus and planted around 60,000 saplings as part of the Hero-TOI green drive supported by Mahindra World City, Chennai on Sunday. Since September 22, 14,000-plus residents, students and employees of various corporates have planted about 1.5 lakh saplings.
“In the past six days we planted 90,000 saplings and the remaining were planted today. We were happy with the turnout,” said Vijay Sethi, CIO, head of HR and CSRHero MotoCorp Ltd. “This is the biggest gift we can give to our next generation. So far, we have planted 8 lakh trees in the past two years. Our aim is to increase the per capita tree cover which is just 28 per person right now,” he said.
The saplings were planted on 140 acres allotted by MWC Chennai. Nearly 40 gardeners have been appointed to tend to the saplings until they grow into trees.
At the plantation drive, the mood was upbeat as friends and families got together to plant saplings. Little Saranya said she would ensure that the tree she planted was watered every day. Malathi R, a 33-year-old techie and an aspiring environmentalist, said citizens must make efforts to compensate for the greenery lost to calamities and development.
“Not just Cyclone Vardah and the 2015 floods, when MWC was built lot of trees were chopped. We need to compensate for that too,” she said.
P Vijayan Janardhanan, business head (residential) of MWC, said in Vardah the campus lost 3,500 trees. “Such plantation drives not just help reduce carbon footprint but create small urban forests that bring back the biodiversity including birds, insects and reptiles back to the urban areas,” he said.