January 3rd, 2012
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Green revolution in Chennai

parkChennai: The Chennai Corporation has decided to extend its green revolution to the newly-included suburban areas also. It has begun a survey in the newly-included zones to re-identify more open space reserves (OSR) that can be converted to green spaces. The corporation has identified 84 new open spaces in the erstwhile corporation limits and an earlier survey had classified 52 spaces in the suburban areas.

If the plan fructifies, Chennai will get more than 130 new parks over the next three years. In fact, the parks department has submitted a Rs 29-crore proposal to the government.”The mayor and the commissioner are very enthusiastic about green spaces. They also believe that setting up parks in the newly-included areas will go a long way in improving the quality of air too,” said a corporation official.”We are figuring out OSR land and we are preparing an estimate. The work will start in a phased manner,” said the official, while declining to give a time frame.

Residents and environmentalists welcomed the move, saying that saplings could be planted in the newly-identified spaces to improve the atmosphere. “The residential association had to set up a park in a space that was empty for years. It is so much better now. If they take such initiatives, it would help things a lot,” said Antony Peter, a resident of  East Coast Road. The corporation had come under severe criticism for allowing many parks to be demolished for the construction of infrastructure facilities. Environment experts too agree that suburban areas could provide the space the civic body is looking for.

“They have been facing a problem of not finding any space in the city to plant saplings, so suburban areas would definitely have a lot of unused space,” said B Narasimhan, a city based botanist.


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