Vanathukkul Tirupur makes ‘Green’ impact – NGO VETRY’s plantation of over 10 lakh saplings in the past six years across Tiruppur District
24 March 2021: Vanathukkul Tirupur, a massive tree planting project launched by NGO VETRY has helped to accumulate 4,076 tonnes of biomass and sequestrated 7,377 tonnes of carbon dioxide, revealed a survey conducted to assess its ecological impact. The initiative has witnessed active participation and been supported by people across sectors including the printing industry. Among them significant efforts have been made by two M&R Sales Executives at DCC Group, Tiruppur – Prashant Bellikatti and Gopalakrishnan. By connecting with T. R. Sivaram (Classic Polo Group), the Founder and President of NGO VETRY, they have essayed key roles in the tale of transformation, exemplifying the adage ‘Be the change you want to see.’
The project was launched in 2015 as a tribute to late President APJ Abdul Kalam. Members of the NGO planted 10.50 lakh saplings across the district and 88.4% of them survived, said project director Kumar Duraiswamy. “We planted native species in protected places like farmlands and took care of them for two years,” he pointed out.
A short-term study made on the Vanathukkul Tiruppur sapling plantation initiative has shown that the plantation of over 10 lakh saplings in the past six years across Tiruppur district has positively contributed to the environment such as improvement in soil quality and biodiversity. This study was carried out between March 2020 and December 2020 and it concluded that a long-term study spanning one or two years is required to assess the impact better. Long-term monitoring is required, he underlines, as these plantations will take around 15 years to become as matured ecosystems. The project covers 2,071.2 acres of land and is distributed across 481 plantation sites. The report estimated that 7,377 tonnes of carbon were sequestered through the saplings planted in the initiative.