Contracts for the saplings have been finalised as encroachments are being cleared along the stretch.
What’s it about: Along the river banks of the Cooum, officials are clearing encroachments, levelling the banks, and removing solid waste. The Corporation is undertaking the work along the 11.3 km stretch under the Chennai Rivers Rehabilitation Trust Fund for ₹7.13 crores.
- Close to 65,000 traditional saplings and other plants will be planted from the Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar bridge to the MRTS bridge stretch. They’ll also be planted along the 3.9 km stretch on the left side from Menambakkam bridge to Nandambakkam bridge.
- At the 4 areas where the banks were levelled in Royapuram, Ambattur, and Valasaravakkam, traditional saplings like Banyan and Asara trees, along with 43 other species, will be planted.
Other locations: Other stretches where saplings will be planted are from Napier bridge to Quaid-e-Millath bridge and the stretch from Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospital campus to Padi Kuppam.