Some of us at Mantri Synergy celebrated R-day twice today. After the flag-hoisting ceremony in front of D Block we drove to Kelambakkam to take part at a tree-planting event organized by a local youth group. Their leader D Stalin invited OMR Greens to plant a sapling at the front yard of the Balwadi on Kovalam Road.
Among OMR Greens members from Mantri's were Mr Viswanathan and his wife Chitra.
Another Mantri resident, and OMR Greens founding member, was so touched on hearing about the state of Balwadi's upkeep that he sanctioned right away the cost for a cupboard. He also offered to pay for drawing books and things the children need. The govt. run balwadi has on its rolls 25 children in the 2 - 5 age group.
Their teacher Mary Kumar who planted the first of the four saplings on the front yard of Balwadi assured us that she and her children would water the plants and take care of them, if only the saplings can be protected from stray cattle.
A prominent resident and owner of Saravana Medicals, B Kumar, offered to fix a gate to prevent entry of stray cattle. A secured gate can also to prevent after-hours use of the front lawn for late night drinking by undesirable elements.Youth leader Stalin said his boys had, earlier in the morning morning, cleaned the lawn that was littered with empty quarters and used plastic sachets.
Panchaya president Venkatesan who shows up at every OMR Greens event planted a sapling along with Saravana Medicals Kumar.
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Tree-planting at Kelambakkam balwadi