September 21, 2015
The bunds of the Valankulam water tank will soon get more trees as the District Forest Department began digging pits to plant saplings on Saturday.
According to sources, the department had, in 2007, planted up to 500 trees along the bunds with the help of Cotton City Developers, a private real estate firm. M. Senthil Kumar, Forest Range Officer with the Coimbatore Social Forestry Range, said that Neem trees, rain trees, and other miscellaneous trees were planted on the edges of the Sungam by-pass road in 2007.
“The trees were maintained properly and are all grown up now. They provide fresh air to the area. However, there were gaps between the trees that need to be filled in order to make the place greener.. Hence, we sought the help of a private college for planting more saplings,” he said.
Senthil Kumar said that department intends to plant around 250 saplings which will be maintained by Eashwar College. He also stated that the college would also put in place tree guards for all the trees. “Pit digging process is underway and we will start planting the saplings when the monsoon begins in order to help the saplings grow better,” he added.
The trees along the tank will also attract birds like little cormorants, purple and grey herons, little and cattle egrets.