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Kerala to convert vacant plots of temples into green zones

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In a progressive and eco-conscious move, Kerala government has decided to convert vacant plots of temples in the state into serene green spots. The project aims to promote environmental sustainability and transform unused spaces into green zones with trees and plants.

As per the details, the Devaswom Department will launch the new project under the title “Devankanam Charuharitham”. The project includes initiatives such as conservation, establishment of medicinal forests and the construction of new kavus. The project will be implemented across 3080 temples under Travancore, Kochi, Malabar, Guruvayur, and Kudalmanikyam Devaswom Boards in collaboration with the Temple Advisory Committees and devotees.

“Through the project, we focus on making the temples centers for nature conservation. The project will also involve local youth organisations and institutions to ensure preservation of centuries-old biodiverse kavus,” said officials of the Devawsom Board.

The state government has come out with the project recognising the need to address the growing concern of urban green spaces and to breathe new life into these once-sacred sites. “By converting these plots into lush green spots, the initiative aims to enhance the ecological health of the locality,” said a senior officer.

The conversion process will involve careful planning and collaboration between local administration, temple advisory committees, devotees and environmental experts. According to an official release, tree saplings like Sacred fig, Spanish Cherry, Neem Tree, Deodar Cedar, Mango and Gowli coconut will be planted in the temple premises making the surroundings lush green. “Detailed assessments of the vacant plots will be conducted to determine the most suitable tree species for each location,” the officers added.

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