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Nurturing a green barrier
Nagapattinam,Tamil Nadu

Chandrasekar and Cheluvian are farmers who occasionally go to fish. Now they have an added responsibility - protecting over 250,000 saplings of casuarina planted on the coast on October 1- 2, 2005 in memory of 174, 542 lives lost in the tsunami. This initiative by India's software giant Wipro in association with Bitsunami, an alumni group of Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, is a world record. It adds to the existing lush garden of casurina in Pushpavanam village that save the coast from aggressive waves and high tides. "Had these trees not been there, none of our houses would have survived," says Cheluvian. So Chandrasekar and a team of local guards are busy nurturing a new layer of their green barrier.
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