As part of ‘Prevent Air Pollution’ project on World Environment Day, the Kodungallur municipality in Kerala’s Thrissur district has drafted innovative laws that need newly-constructed buildings to have at least two trees planted.
The law states that the construction of the house with over 1,500 square feet of the building needs two trees to be planted. The municipal body will provide the certificate of completion with the house number.
“When people come to get the application from the local body for seeking building permit, they will have to bring the plan of the house. At that time, they will have to mark the place they have allotted to plant the trees. In the second phase, after the building is constructed, officials from the municipality will inspect the place before allotting house numbers. The officials will then check whether trees are planted in the marked areas.” Chairman of Kodungallur Municipality, KR Jaithran, told The News Minute.
The municipality will provide separate guidelines that have less land area to plant saplings. It will give free tree saplings to houses built by financially weak. According to the chairman of Kodungallur Municipality, over 1,140 houses are being built in Kodungallur.
Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister for Forests and Climate Change said, India’s forest cover had increased by 1% in the last five years. However, environmentalists across the country are calling for the intervention of central and state governments to plant more saplings and reduce forest fire. As per the State of Forest Report, India’s green cover is on the rise and is taking place outside the traditional boundaries of the forests.