Dikshit launches greening project in east Delhi

Last Updated: Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 17:44

New Delhi: As part of efforts to host the
first-ever "Green Commonwealth Games", Chief Minister Sheila
Dikhsit today launched a greening project in east Delhi and
said efforts are being made to implement such steps at all
construction sites in the capital.

Dikshit, launching the project by planting saplings on
the occasion of World Forestry Day, said conservation of
forest is a necessity that requires to be addressed on a
priority basis.

"Instructions have been given to make a provision for
greenery at a place where construction work is being taken up
in the national capital," she said.

For survival of mankind, a holistic approach is required
to be adopted to protect plant kingdoms and wildlife, the
chief minister noted.

The Government has promised that it will organise the
first-ever green Commonwealth Games this October.

The green cover of the national capital has increased
substantially from 22 sq kms in 1993 to 300 sq kms in 2007 and
32 forests have been successfully developed here.

On the city`s preparations for the Games, Dikshit told
reporters that already a huge amount of money has been pumped
into the projects and efforts are on to host the mega-event
and to make it "memorable".

The chief minister stressed upon the need for maintenance
and survival of plants besides putting appropriate signages at
ITO Chungi. She also asked people and bodies like PWD and
others to play a crucial role.

State Finance Minister A K Walia was also present on the
occasion. A large number of school children also planted
saplings.

Around four thousand saplings will be planted at ITO
Chungi, to be developed on the lines of green cover near the
AIIMS flyover, in 36 acre in four pockets till July to
facilitate their growth during the rainy season.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 17:44

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