Record Maker Brothers Of Tamil Nadu – 5,000 Saplings Planted In 48 Hours
In today’s day and age when everyday should
be a ‘Tree Plantation Day’ considering the depletion and destruction of the
very things that give us life, oxygen to be precise for the creation of
settlements, plazas, and other manmade establishments. Trees support the
wildlife that live amongst the nature, conserve water, and consistently improve
the quality of air amongst other things. It is clearly understandable that the
nature contributes more towards the betterment of our lives than it takes.
The knowledge of this oblivious fact must
encourage each one of us to celebrate every day as a new day to plant another
tree and although some of us might be falling short of doing so, it isn’t the
same for these 2 brothers from Virudhunagar in Tamil Nadu.
On their journey that started with the
first lockdown of Covid, the two brothers first planted two saplings. And lo
and behold, the seasons changed, time flied and a year later this small hobby
of planting saplings has grown into something bigger than just that.
The two brothers, namely Arun aged 25 and
Shrikanth aged 22 from Kallamanaickerpatti of Vembakottai have over the course
of January 21st to 26th, in a matter of merely 48 hours
planted a total of 5,000 tree saplings.
The brothers by profession are Shrikanth, being
a polymer technology graduate and skilled in a variety of things, his elder
bother Arun is a software engineer based in Chennai. The whole initiative and
idea have been Shrikanth’s who later got his brother involved in his aspiring
When the first two saplings they planted
back during the first lockdown were reaping beautifully through the next year,
they knew they needed to surpass that and go big and plant more saplings all
over Tamil Nadu. This would not only help be good for the people but also help
grow awareness about tree plantation, the need for the conservation of nature
amongst the people of Tamil Nadu.
While the task is definitely a tedious one
and would not have been easy were it just the two of them involved, they took
help from other people who had a similar goal as them and wanted to help
achieve this feat of turning Tamil Nadu greener than before.
To make things easier, they planned out the
entire process beforehand. With a passion for cycling, the brothers decided to
use that to their advantage. This involved noting that the brothers initially
in October 2019 planned a 2,000 kilometer ‘Cycling for Recycling’ trip which
covered a route from Kanyakumari all the way to Mumbai which was completed in a
matter of 11 days. This was done with the aim to organize awareness camps on
the proper disposal of plastics and ways to recycle them and was carried out in
Following which came the plan to plant
5,000 saplings. This was pre-planned as well, they noted areas that had sufficient
water resource available, with fencing as protection. The spots were also
picked beforehand knowing where the saplings could grow faster in the long run.
The trees were planted in and around temples, government offices and any other
places the locals allowed.
For the purpose of getting the spots dug up
for plantation, they were helped by the MGNREGS workers. And thus, in a span of
48 hours working 8 hours per day from 21st to 26th
January, he brothers successfully planted 5,000 saplings.
The brothers for the purpose of planting
the trees would use money from their savings and not long after, their friends
and the Sivkasi Taluka also decided to help fund them with their initiative. A
non-profit organization called ‘N-India’ is also run by the two brothers. The
saplings planted are not forgotten either. The brothers occasionally visit the
spots and coordinate with the locals. Turns out, at least 90 percent of the
saplings have grown into trees which as per Arun was made possible as they gave
careful consideration to the soil in which the saplings were initially planted.
Their hard work was sure to get noticed and
has been acknowledged by the India Book of Records as they received an
appreciation certificate for being ‘Efficacious Cyclists’.
What is next for the brothers is that they
want to widen the reach of their initiative and spread it over to other
districts in Tamil Nadu with the help of others and make Tamil Nadu greener