The municipality of Kodungallur, Kerala asks people to plant two trees to get their house registered

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Earth is really going through a major environmental crisis. Climate change, global warming and acid rains are the harsh reality of today. And the simplest and potential solution to all these issues, which are really devastating, is as simple as planting a sapling in the surroundings.

Not cutting the trees, and growing even more and more can save the environment. Cutting on pollution is the only way out to save our ecosystem. And, this has been engrained in us since childhood, but at the ground level, we have planted none. Now here is a town in Kerala, which is really inspiring about this, named Kodungallur.

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The municipality of the town has made it mandatory that every housing compound should have at least two trees. It is a pre-requisite to getting your house registered. The absence of trees in your compound shall mean there’s no registration for you.

According to the scheme, anybody who plans to build a house in the town should plant two trees like mango or jackfruit in the compound. Once the construction is completed, a team of officers examine the well-being of the tree and approve the registration only when the trees are taken care of properly.

This rule is applicable for all the houses that are more than 1,500 square feet or are built in an area of less than 8 cents. Kodungallur is reportedly the very first municipal body to take such a step to ensure greenery in the town. We hope our metro cities which are rapidly turning into a concrete jungle take inspiration from Kodungallur and implement such measures.

Published by Lokendra Sharma on 12 Jun 2019

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