The importance of having saplings planted has been explained by many persons time and again in the past.
In another 2 months, GCC would be planting around 60000 saplings along the banks of Adyar River. The sapling planting work would be carried out before the onset of monsoon.
In 2021, GCC had planted as many as 28300 saplings. It is now said that the work of removal of encroachments and saplings planting would begin soon. Point to be noted is that the trees would be planted on large land parcels along the stretches of 2.35km of river bank near places like Raja Annamalaipuram etc. It is learnt that after the completion of the project the residents would be able to go to park and play field along the river with a lot of tree cover.
Chennai Mayor Priya was cynosure of many eyes yesterday. She planted saplings along the banks of Adyar River and inspected the work of eco-restoration of the river. It must be noted that the work has been taken up from Thiru VI Ka Bridge to MRTS Bridge and another stretch from MRTS Bridge to Gandhi Mandapam Road Bridge.
The presence of encroachments in the areas like S.K.P. Puram has led to delay in the work on the northern side of the river along R.A. Puram. The interesting information is that the saplings belong to as many as 16 species. The work would be completed in another 2 months and this was as per an official belonging to GCC.
As a part of a project under CRRT, GCC has taken up construction of a wall along Adyar River after removing the encroachments. At an estimated cost of Rs 66.16 crores, work on the 24.67 km wall along the Adyar River from Thiru VI Ka Bridge to Airport Runway Bridge was started. Till now, around 7.9km of wall has been completed. Along the 5.21km of Adyar River, work has been going on now. For completion of the portion of the wall, GCC had set a deadline.
Before the onset of monsoon this year, GCC would complete the planting of 60000 saplings. Truth is that due to a delay in removal of the encroachments the work has not yet been completed. Once families get resettled and encroachments removed, the remaining 11.56km stretch would be taken up. It is well known that Adyar River that originates from Chembarambakkam Lake is one of the 3 rivers that pass through Chennai.