Delhi to go green as government sets new plantation drive target

A target to make Delhi green has been set up by the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday. The AAP government is planning to plant as many as 10 lakh new trees and also 5 lakh new saplings. These trees and saplings will all be medicinal and herbal in nature. This is a very positive step which will be taken to ensure effective plantation across national capital. Delhi government has also asked the land owning agencies and greening agencies like that of DDA, PWD, MCD, the municipal corporations, irrigation and flood control departments to carry out a tree census in their jurisdiction.

Kejriwal said while giving a speech on World Environment Day at a function held at Garhi Mandu City Forest, “The land-owning greening agencies will be asked to get third party audit of these plantations undertaken. Besides this, these agencies have also been asked to conduct tree census which will ensure accountability of such agencies in survival and maintenance of plantations.” In this event, Imran Hussain, Environment Minister and Water Minister Kapil Mishra also participated. Besides them, representatives of RWAs, NGOs, civil society groups and school children were also present. In Delhi, around 42 city forests are spread across all over.

Arvind Kejriwal said, “Even though the theme of celebration of this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Go wild for life – Fight against the illegal trade in wildlife’, the government will launch a campaign and appeal to people to plant more trees to make Delhi green and clean.” He further added, “In densely-populated cities like Delhi, city forests serve as the lungs for the surrounding densely-populated areas by providing fresh air and natural environment essential for their healthy living.”

The Chief Minister laid emphasis on the fact that his government is sensitive towards enriching the biodiversity of the city, conservation and survival of the endangered species of plants and animals.

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