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Lt Governor VK Saxena launches plantation of 1 lakh trees at Asola Bhatti Mines Wildlife Sanctuary

Sunday, July 24, 2022

•Lt Governor VK Saxena launches plantation of 1 lakh trees at Asola Bhatti Mines Wildlife Sanctuary

•Appeals to the Citizens – especially Youths and the School Children to plant and nurture trees

•Trees Our Best Defence Against Environmental pollution and Global Warming: LG

The Lt Governor VK Saxena today launched the massive plantation drive of 1 lakh saplings at Asola Bhatti Mines Wildlife Sanctuary on conclusion of the Van Mahotsav Pakhwara 2022. Amidst over 400 school children, jawans from the paramilitary forces, Delhi Police and a large number of people from the civil society as well as volunteers of the civil defence, Shri Saxena launched the plantation of a wide variety of native species as well as fruit-bearing trees like Jamun, Moringa, Arjun, Sheesham, Sagwan-Teak, Guava, Chembu, bamboo, etc. that would protect and rejuvenate Delhi’s ecology.
Member of Parliament from South Delhi, Ramesh Bidhuri, Chief Secretary, Shri Naresh Kumar, Commissioner of Police, Shri Rakesh Asthana, and all senior officials of the Environment and Forest Department of Delhi Government including Additional Chief Secretary (Environment) and the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest were present on the occasion. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was supposed to be present on the occasion as the “Guest of Honour” and Minister of Environment and Forest in Delhi Government, Shri Gopal Rai, who was to preside over the function, did not turn up.

What makes this plantation drive unique is that each of the 1 lakh pits dug up for planting the trees has been geo-tagged so that the growth of these trees can be monitored on a regular basis, both through satellite imagery as well as physical verification. One can keep actual track of their numbers, growth and maintainance.

Shri Saxena termed the plantation of 1 lakh saplings a historic moment for the national capital as, he said, these plants would contribute immensely to protect the ecology which is facing a severe threat from unchecked pollution. Interacting with the school children, the LG lauded their passion for the environmental cause and their efforts to protect Delhi’s ecology. He was pleasantly surprised at their awareness on the issues of environmental concerns. Shri Saxena made a fervent appeal to the people of Delhi, particularly the youths and school children, to plant and nurture trees to make Delhi greener and a truly livable city. He stressed upon collective participation of the society to fight the menace of growing pollution and global warming.

Shri Saxena made a special mention of the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the inclusive growth of the country, of which environment protection is a crucial element. He said the Prime Minister’s vision of preventing desertification and restoring the degraded land has been accepted by most of the leading countries of the world.


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