As many as 3.4 crore saplings will be planted along the banks of the Adyar, Cooum and Buckingham canal to promote urban forestry under the ₹920.5 crore Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Conservation and Greening Project for Climate Change Response, minister for forests K Ramachandran told the assembly on Monday.
“Several encroachments were removed along the Cooum and Adyar. We plan to create a green belt that will strengthen the bunds, enhance water table, reduce the heat island effect and also create recreation facilities for people. While this will be done in coordination with Chennai river restoration trust, this is a separate project and ₹237 crore has been allocated for this separately,” environment secretary Supriya Sahu said later.
Chennai will also get a turtle conservation and rehabilitation centre at ₹6.3 crore.