Thursday, March 29, 2012

A 'Pickaxe Stir' at Mantri,OMR

Neem in the foreground was planted to celebrate Mantri Synergy's first resident, Mr Nambiar (G-001) who moved here in February last year.
The two teaks behind Nambiar's neem are sentenced to a slow death by Mantri project team, which has coffined the teaks in concrete.
Had Mantri managers on site been aware of Ms Snehal Mantri's commitment to save trees they wouldn't have done such thing. To refresh their memory we refer them to The Hindu dated Jan.12,2008 which published the write-up - The right move to save trees. The media reports quotes Ms Mantri as saying, When MDPL took over the land on OMR at Chennai, the entire area looked so green we had second thoughts about building Mantri Synergy there. We then thought of transplantation. There were a total of 165 coconut trees, 24 mango trees and around 140 teak wood trees spread there, and we managed to save 90% of the trees.
I don't suppose Ms Snehal Mantri would be pleased to see the plight of the teak near STP plant in our complex (see photo). The issue came up at Mantri's Memorial Service held last Sunday on site where Mantri project team had slaughtered three coconut trees.
The Memorial Service Group - MSG(in photo) resolved to do something, anything,to save the teaks,if it is still possible. I conveyed to PropCare that they get Mantri project team to dig up the concrete, one foot wide in a circle around each teak, so as to provide breathing space. We wait till Friday (tomorrow evening); if nothing is done, we resolved to dig up the concrete space ourselves, Saturday, March 31, around 9 a m.
Pickaxe Action
(by Memorial Service Group)
Car-wash space, near Sewage Treatment Plant
9.a m- 9.15 a m
Saturday, March 31.

The digging will be followed up with a 15 minute walk-around in the Mantri complex, to get an idea of the number of teaks and other trees Snehal Mantri has saved - out of a total of 140 teak,165 coconut, and 24 mango trees they found when Mantri developers took over this farmland.
(Would someone arrange for a pickaxe and shovel, please ?)


  1. Good show residents of Mantri. I would have joined the movement except that the delay in flat handover resulted in change of plans in the relocation.

    1. Thank you. Would be nice if we know your contact details, so that we could add you to our mailing list

  2. I wish I could be living there at the moment. I do not have a relation staying nearby as well. Though I am absent, I would at least like to convey my moral support.

    1. It is something we very much could do with - moral support. Strengthens our cause, and comments such as Mohan's help us convey, with more force, the message we need to send to an unhearing Mantri's .