DELHI:EROS TIMES: Environment Minister, Imran Hussain on Wednesday announced that the Delhi government will carry out the massive single day plantation drive in the history of the national capital by planting five lakh trees and shrubs this month at a date to be announced soon.
Hussain reviewed the preparations for this massive exercise during the current Monsoon season in a meeting of various greening agencies.
The meeting was attended by the Environment Secretary, Member Secretary Delhi Pollution Control Committee, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, alongwith senior officers of Horticulture Wing of various greening agencies viz., three Municipal Corporations, Delhi Development authority, Delhi Parks & Gardens Society, New Delhi Municipal Council, Delhi Cantonment Board, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, CPWD, PWD, Education Department, Health Department, DSIIDC, Delhi Jal Board, Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), BSES, DTC etc.
The government proposes to seek active involvement of local residents, resident welfare associations, market associations, school and college students etc., so that green cover of Delhi could be increased for combatting the ill-effects of air pollution.
Delhi Parks & Gardens Society (DPGS) was directed to ensure free distribution of saplings so that the plantation drive could be carried out smoothly. All the greening agencies were directed to send the locations for proposed plantation to the Forest Department by Friday so that a comprehensive action plan could be prepared for the plantation drive.
There is a need tocreate mass awareness about plantation drive and the importance of green cover for the overall environment conservation and pollution control. He sought active cooperation of all the greening agencies.
The Minister directed all the greening agencies to ensure the digging of pits, supply of manure, tree/ shrubs saplings and other essential facilities for the plantation drive. Shri Hussain also emphasised upon providing good quality of saplings. He directed that sufficiently tall/ mature saplings should be planted which will grow faster during the ongoing Monsoon season and have high survival rate.
The Minister also directed the Department of Environment & Forest to undertake mass awareness campaign so as to make the plantation drive an unprecedented and successful drive.