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‘SeemaiKaruvelam’ is Back

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A year after several crores of rupees were spent in a massive movement involving public and government bodies to weed out SeemaiKaruvelam ,it seems that the invasive plant species is making a comeback in Trichy. After a directive from the Madurai bench of the Madras high court in December 2016, a massive movement against the invasive species was conducted across 13 central and southern districts of the state including Trichy. School and college students and youths were roped in to uproot the trees which are said to be causing depletion of groundwater. Later, based on a PIL filed against felling SeemaiKaruvelam trees without a scientific study, the Madras High Court in April 2017 stayed the felling of SeemaiKaruvelam trees. Following this, the administration and local bodies kept away from the drive. Now, these trees are seen fresh and sprouting in the district. crores spent on this massive project went waste as per social activists.

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