Dikshit launches mega plantation drive

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday launched a mega plantation drive under which 10 lakh saplings will be planted across the city.

New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday launched a mega plantation drive under which 10 lakh
saplings will be planted across the city within a span of
one-and-half months in cooperation with NGOs, industry
chambers, government agencies RWAs and citizens.

The government has already launched a publicity
campaign through social networking sites, FM channels and
outdoor advertising to make people aware about the campaign.

The Chief Minister today launched the drive by
planting saplings in one hectare area along the Ring Road
bypass. Dikshit and a group of school children planted around
2,500 saplings.

Dikshit said government has initiated the plantation
drive with an aim to increase the green cover of Delhi from
the current 20 per cent to the national target of 33 per cent
by the year 2012.

She said the green area during the last ten years has
increased from 26 sq km to more than 300 sq km.

Dikshit said the plantation campaign has been
meticulously planned and all government offices and agencies
like Delhi Metro, MCD, NDMC, DDA, DTC and PSUs are being
involved in this effort.

Officials said "meticulous planning" and elaborate
distribution arrangements are being made under which
involvement of all the leading industry chambers including
CII, FICCI and Assocham are being sought.

Various NGOs and RWAs are also being involved to make
the programme a success.

"It has also been decided to enhance survival rate of
planted saplings by providing them affectionate care," said

The year 2011 has been declared by the UN General
Assembly as the International Year of Forests and the decade
as UN Decade on Biodiversity (2011-20) in recognition of the
importance of forests.

The government has made arrangements to make free
saplings available at 50 Metro stations, 51 selected petrol
pumps, 52 CNG filling stations, 10 government offices, Dilli
Haat at Pitampura and INA market.

The exact places from where the saplings can be
collected could be seen at www.greenleapdelhi.com.

All land owning departments like DDA, MCD, NDMC, Delhi
Jal Board, Delhi Cantonment Board and Delhi Police have been
asked to prepare a plantation schedule for the period.

All the Delhi Government Ministers, as well as Delhi
MPs, MLAs and Councilors have been requested to organise
functions in their constituencies to encourage people to plant

The government had yesterday appointed a 15-member
committee to coordinate and ensure success of the plantation
programme. The committee will be chaired by Environment
Secretary Keshav Chandra.

An official said 300 schools and more than 600 RWAs
have given their consent to carry out the plantation drive in
a big way.


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