Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) will plant coconut saplings at different spots in New Town, specially in areas that have low-rise structures, to act as a natural lightning arresters.
A state secretariat official said that the idea to plant more coconut trees was mooted in the last district review meeting presided over by chief minister Mamata Banerjee earlier this week. Studies have found that coconut trees attract lightning as the trees are tall and have moisture that acts as a conducting path for lightning.
“Priority would be given to those areas in New Town that has small stores, roadside stalls and other small structures so that when the coconut trees grow up, they would be able to act as natural lightning arresters,” said a Hidco official.
Officials said that the Hidco planning department have been asked to identify areas where more coconut trees could be brought from the Tall Tree Nursery and can be planted. The tall tree nursery was set up by Hidco jointly with the forest department on a five acre of land in Action Area 1D. The nursery from where several tall tree are supplied for plantation is run by the Waste Land Development Board.
Officials said that coconut saplings could be planted near the food stalls near the New Town police station, near Sankar Netralaya and in the border areas off Hatiara and Tarulia where there are mostly low rise buildings but highly dense.
Source: Times of India