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How green was my Chennai

Thursday, 15th December 2016

Chennai: It took a Vardah cyclone to show how much greenery there was in Chennai. It brought down trees by the hundreds in several localities, and there was no street that was free of fallen branches or trees.

It was a surprise if there was a tree standing in a compound after the mauling that the city went through. Such was the ferocious nature of the cyclonic storm that it tore into the streets of Chennai felling anything that dared to block its path. Trees that were giving shade during the punishing summers of Chennai will be most missed in the coming years.

For, it is going to take years to replace them. And it will not happen unless the government comes up with a fi rm plan of planting trees. It was a nightmare getting back home after the day’s shift in office on 12 December.

Everybody had an adventure to tell the next day. Many had to trudge at least half the way. And that, too, by climbing over the fallen trees that had carpeted the streets. Those with two-wheelers were slightly better off than those using fourwheelers. They could avoid the streets that were blocked by trees and find an alternative route. But they had to perform some acrobatics to get past the fallen trees.

Some of the bikers had to raise their vehicles over fallen trunks and roots or sometimes even run on pavements to reach the other side of the road. There were many helping hands during this exercise. People voluntarily came forward to help two-wheeler riders cross these hurdles. Helping hands were not hard to come by in this most distressing time.

As soon as the velocity of the winds died down a little, people started emerging from their houses with brooms and knives in hand to tackle the situation head-on.

Many of the youngsters chipped in to clear as many of the branches of the fallen trees as they could. This could be witnessed on the major thoroughfares also.

While these people were busy clearing a path for others to use, there were many others also out there - clicking selfies. 

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