DDA to execute plantation plan

The Delhi Development Authority will execute the plantation of one million of a targeted total of 2.8 million trees and shrub saplings sought to be planted by greening agencies in the city, Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal was told at a review meeting on Friday.

The date by which the target must be met is September 30 this year.

“The L-G was informed that preparatory work for plantation will be completed by July 7 and plantation of saplings will be done from July 8 to September 15,” the statement said.

Other agencies

In addition to the DDA, the target for other agencies, including the Forest Department, the Public Works Department (PWD) and the Education Department, which are part of the greening initiative, has been set at 425,000; 275,000; and 125,000 respectively, the agencies concerned told Mr. Baijal.

The meeting was attended by Environment Minister Imran Hussain, Principal Commissioner, DDA, representatives from civic bodies , the Forest and Wildlife Department, and other officers of departments concerned, Raj Niwas said in a statement.

The Principal Chief Conservator of Forest made a presentation about Delhi’s forest cover within and outside greenwash, district-wise forest cover, annual plantation by the Forest Department, targets allotted to various greening agencies and tree species suitable for plantation by them, the statement said.

“The L-G was apprised that the proposed target of the tree and shrub saplings for all greening agencies in Delhi for 2018-19 is about 2.8 million with major heads such as the DDA: one million, the Forest Department: 425,000, the PWD: 275,000, and Education: 125,000,” the statement said.

The L-G advised that uniform norms be laid down for the type of plantation that is suitable for Delhi so that all agencies can follow the same. He also advised that emphasis should be given on planting native and fruit-bearing species. Everybody should plant and adopt the trees, Mr. Baijal said. Also, he suggested a possibility of creating a vibrant city forest with diverse flora and fauna.

“The L-G directed that the offices of government departments carry out plantation in their surroundings along with their officers and the Forest Department must involve communities for the massive plantation drive,” the statement said .

Mr. Baijal was also apprised about the action plan for awareness campaigns which would include the Delhi Parks and Garden Society organising workshops with the active participation of RWAs. He also directed that a massive ‘Information, Education and Communication’ campaign be initiated within the next 15 days focussing on post plantation care such as watering, weeding and maintenance and protection.

The L-G was informed that preparatory work for plantation will be completed by July 7 and plantation of saplings will be done from July 8 to September 15

Raj Niwas statement

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