In a bid to enter Guinness Book of World Records, a city-based organisation will plant seven lakh saplings across Tamil Nadu in a day. The mass plantation initiative, planned on October 17 by Isha Foundation under the 'Project Green Hands,' would be officially inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Sunday at Chennai, K Sekhar, Project Coordinator, told reporters.
The project would cover 2,400 planting locations across 28 districts of the state and Governor Surjit Singh Barnala would conclude the drive by planting the last sapling, Sekhar said.
About 2.5 lakh volunteers of the Foundation would assist various NGOs, corporates and educational institutions for planting 30 types of saplings, at a cost of Rs 24 lakh.
The previously known record is 1.1 lakh saplings planted in the UK in a span of three days.
Sekhar said all the stipulated documents would be compiled and sent to Guinness Book officials, with whom a claim has already been registered.
Thirty per cent additional saplings have been stocked, in case the response was more than anticipated, he said.
The two-year old initiative, Project Green Hands, would see 11 million trees planted through various mass initiatives in the next 10 years, he said.