When a tree fell in a quiet locality at R. A. Puram, the residents were worried. The tree, which fell due to the winds and the rain that lashed the neighbourhood on Wednesday, had been around for more than two decades, providing the much needed shade to the residents during the summer months. A storm water drain was being constructed there and the corporation officials did not want the work to get affected. The officials chanced upon an idea. Why not replant the tree?
Dr. R. Chandrasekaran, the founder of R. A. Puram Residents’ Association, says, “Since the first week of October, the corporation officials have been constructing a new storm water drain at 2nd Cross Road, R. A. Puram. The tree which fell is located at the junction of 2nd Cross Road and 2nd Main Road. When we called the corporation officials yesterday, the residents and the team headed by assistant executive engineer Muthiah replanted the tree, packed it with mud and removed the branches from the road”.
He continues, “We wanted to ensure that the storm water drain work went on without any hindrances as many of these drains are more than 60 years old. Secondly, we wanted to sustain the green cover that this area has. The corporation officials were able to do both with this initiative”.