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Salesian school to plant 12,000 trees

The saplings to be planted include high quality timber yielding local varieties of trees such as Mahagani, Akashmuni, Teak and Kodam.

 
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By C.M. Paul
Krishnagar: 

A Salesian school in West Bengal plans to plant some 12,000 high yielding timber saplings as part of its eco-friendly drive.

The weeklong Go Green project was launched by Don Bosco Technical School in Krishnagar Sept. 22.

“It is to utilize the land lying fallow, to protect the property from being encroached, and to be part of the go green movement,” said Fr. Thomas Kayyalackal, project rector of Don Bosco Youth Centre, Krishnagar.

He said that the project hopes to provide employment to people as well as set a model for other people to emulate.

“Eventually we hope to get economic benefit of having timber for our carpentry training school as well as getting financial support for the institution,” the priest said.

The saplings to be planted include high quality timber yielding local varieties of trees such as Mahagani, Akashmuni, Teak and Kodam. Each sapling will cost 2 rupees.

To ensure that the saplings are not forgotten after the initial hoopla, the school authorities have divided the forest into several sections and each section will be entrusted to one class each.

A few people are also employed to look after the trees.

The project campaigners have ensured the plants’ growth and protection from predators by erecting a sturdy wall around the compound, gates with cow traps, deploying guards, giving regular supply of water and manure.

Fr. Mani Kariapuram, superintendent of the school, said, “We hope to involve some 80 people, all formal students, teachers and other collaborators of the school, in this project.”

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