New Delhi: Asking people to do more to
protect the environment, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
today said her government was making efforts to further
increase the green cover in the city.
"We are making all efforts to further increase the green
cover in the city. Delhi is now one of the greenest cities in
the world," she said, speaking at a function here to mark
World Forestry Day.
The Chief Minister, who also planted a sapling on the
occasion, said that despite the development of various
infrastructure, the Government has been persistently adding to
the green cover of the state.
"The green cover has increased from 1.48 per cent (22 sq
km) in 1993 to 20.20 per cent (299.58 sq km) in 2007 of the
total geographical area of the city," she said, adding, "The
people as well as the government must do more to protect the
Delhi has a total geographical area of 1483 sq kms.
The Chief Minister, credited for various eco-friendly
initiatives, said the adjoining pockets on both sides of Ring
Road Bypass were being developed as green areas.
While appreciating the role played by children in the
expansion of Delhi`s green cover, Dikshit underlined the
importance of taking proper care of saplings.
World Forestry Day was today celebrated around the world
to remind people about the importance of forests and the
benefits which we derive from them.
This day aims to increase public awareness on production,
protection and recreational aspects of forests on sustainable
2011 is also being celebrated as International Year of