852,587 saplings planted across 27 districts in Tamil Nadu

18th Oct, 2006 Coimbatore India

Months of ceaseless toil by the volunteers of Isha Foundation bore fruits with the planting of 852,587 saplings on 17th October, 2006, surpassing their own target of 700,000 saplings. The planting began early in the morning all over Tamil Nadu’s 27 districts and was timed to make coincide with the North-Eastern monsoon rains that have just begun in Tamil Nadu. The project seeks to increase the green cover of Tamil Nadu from a mere 17.5% to an ideal of 33% by planting a total of 114 million trees by the year 2016.

The Mass Tree Planting Marathon was inaugurated with Dr. M. Karunanidhi, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, planting the first sapling at his Gopalapuram residence in Chennai and culminated with the final sapling being planted by His Excellency Surjeet Singh Barnala, Governor of Tamil Nadu at Raj Bhavan in Chennai – the official residence of the Governor.

The date of the Marathon was postponed from 15th to 17th of October to support the electoral process of the second phase of the local body elections that was taking place that day. Thousands of people, from all walks of life including a large number of school children, farmers, housewives, youths, government officials, uniformed personnel and celebrities took to the streets to help volunteers and become a part of what is truly a proud moment for the state and its citizens.

Shri J N Rangasamy, Chief Minister of Pondicherry, Shri. V C Chinnappa, State Finance Minister, Thiruchengode, Shri T Udhayachadiran, District Collector, Madurai, Shri Prakash, District Collector, Tirunelveli, Shri Gagan Dheep Singh Bedi, District Collector, Cuddalore, Shri Ko Sundaramurthy, District Collector, Namakkal, Shri Vengatapathy, Member of Parliament, Kallakuruchi, Shri. N R Rangarajan, Shri Sivanandham, Shri. Pongalur N Palanisamy Members of the state Legislative Assembly, were some of the other dignitaries who took part in the planting.

A valedictory ceremony was held at the Music Academy where prominent public figures like Shri. G.K Vasan, Hon. Minister of State for Statistics and Project Implementation and Padamshri Kaviperarasu Vairamuthu, popular actors Revathy and Parthiban applauded the initiative. A new audio album “Pashumai Karangal”, by Sounds of Isha, dedicated exclusively to the Project was released by Sadhguru.

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