The process of removing coconut, mango and other trees felled by Cyclone Gaja at Pushpavanam village in Nagapattinam district has been set in motion with the help of a non-profit environmental organisation.
Pushpavanam is one of the badly-hit coastal villages in Nagapattinam district where, apart from the damage caused by high velocity winds, the marine ooze deposited by tidal waves has severely affected the livelihood of fisherfolk and farmers. INSPIRE, the environmental organisation, which has worked in land reclamation projects after the tsunami in Nagapattinam and other natural disasters across the world, has been working with the Agricultural Engineering department to remove marine ooze using earth movers.
It has also started working with fishemen and residents of the village to remove coconut, mango, cashew and other trees which have fallen. Many of the farmers across the cyclone-hit districts baulked at the task of having to remove the damaged trees. The government has announced financial support for removal of trees and the authorities are urging farmers to remove the trees and prepare the land for replanting. They want voluntary organisations to pitch in.
Agriculture Secretary Gagandeep Singh Bedi and Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan, who have been monitoring the relief and rehabilitation works in the district, visited Pushpavanam on Friday to inspect the work.