“Re-Greening Chennai 2017 – Green Campus” Exnora Project launched at SKP College by
Hon’ble Justice Dr. P. Jyothimani
- Exnora Greater Chennai to plant more than 12000 Native Tree saplings in schools, colleges and residential areas in Chennai & Suburbs in 2017
Exnora Greater Chennai launches “Re-Greening Chennai 2017” and “Green Campus” projects in the aftermath of the destruction caused by Cyclone Vardh, which uprooted more than 1 lac trees in Greater Chennai.
The Projects were inaugurated by Justice Dr. P. Jyothimani, Judicial Member, National Green Tribunal, Southern Zone, Chennai by planting trees and free distribution of saplings to students at the Kanyaka Parameswari Arts & Science College for Women, Audiappa Street, Parrys, on 30/12/2016 along with Mr. P.V. Krishna Rao, Correspondent, Dr. T. Mohana Shree, Principal, Dr. P.B.Vaneetha, Mrs. V. Bhanu, Ms. L. Madhumitha (SKP College), R. Govindaraj, President, Anand Laxman, Secretary, J. Fatheraj Jain, Dr. G. Vasundara (Exnora Greater Chennai).
Dr. T. Mohana Shree, Principal said that most of the students hail from North Chennai, where the damage caused due to the Cyclone was the worst. She urged the students to plant trees and plants in their homes and neighbourhood. ‘We will support the Re-Greening efforts throughout the year along with Exnora, especially in various parts of North Chennai’, she added.
Justice Jyothimani said ‘Chennai’s green cover was already less than what is required and stood at about 6%. The devastating cyclone had further reduced the green cover by 2% and it presently stands at around 4%.
There is therefore immediate need to increase the green cover to compensate for this huge loss. Tree planting is the only solution and everyone should take up this as their personal responsibility to increase the green cover, so that we will leave a better world for our children.
Students and youth should be actively involved so that they can enthusiastically participate in this in this great task’. He further added that Exnora has been carrying out several environmental and social activities for more than 25 years and it is commendable that they have decided to concentrate only on Re-Greening Chennai during 2017.
Govindaraj, President, Greater Chennai Exnora said that throughout 2017 Exnora in coordination with Forest Department and Greater Chennai Corporation has decided to procure and plant at least 12000 tree saplings within Educational institution premises, parks and residential areas in Chennai and suburbs with the help of numerous Civic Exnoras, Resident Welfare associations and general public.
More than 500 students participated in this event and took oath to contribute to the Re-Greening activity throughout the year.