Municipality to develop green cover on highway

July 24, 2014

Soon, people travelling on Chennai-Bangalore Highway will enjoy better green cover on a portion of it.

The Poonamallee municipality has set the ball rolling for a project to develop a green belt along a four-km stretch.

As part of its efforts to beautify the stretch and prevent illegal dumping of waste on the roadside, the municipality has joined hands with corporates to survey the area.

Chennai:A core committee, comprising corporates and municipal officials, has been formed to chalk out an action plan to beautify the stretch between Doosan company and the BSNL office falling under the local body’s jurisdiction.

The beautification project will include developing the greenery and illumination along the roadsides.

Officials of the municipality said estimates are being prepared to develop a green belt. The number of encroachments is also being identified.

Municipal commissioner B.V. Surendra Sha said the local body has sought the assistance of industries in and around Poonamallee to take up the beautification of the stretch as a CSR initiative.

Residents of Seneerkuppam and Poonamallee want the local body to speed up the project as garbage is being dumped along the Cooum river and road margins.

“We are planning to use 10 metres of space on roadsides for the project and also rope in corporates to maintain the facilities,” he said.

The work will be completed in two months with the consent of the National Highways Authority of India. The municipality also plans to develop green cover in Poonamallee at a cost of Rs. 5 lakh.

Source: The Hindu

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