New Delhi: Delhi govt has set an ambitious goal for the year, aiming to plant and distribute a total of 64 lakh saplings throughout the city. This represents a significant increase from the previous year’s target of 52 lakh saplings.
The announcement was made by Gopal Rai, Delhi’s environment minister, on Tuesday following a meeting with representatives from 25 greening agencies operating in the capital.
According to Rai, the target will be composed of 2.48 million trees and 3.15 million shrubs. Additionally, govt plans to distribute 0.77 million saplings, including both trees and shrubs, to the residents of Delhi at no cost. “A tree plantation campaign is being run every year to increase the green cover of Delhi and reduce pollution too. This is also the main measure required to save Delhi from heatwaves,” Rai stated. In the last four years, the number of saplings planted in Delhi has reached 2.5 crore, he added.
The minister announced that the public can also obtain medicinal plants from govt nurseries across the capital for free.
Delhi BJP chief Virendra Sachdeva alleged that the Delhi govt’s claim of increasing greenery and tree plantation in Delhi was a facade. “We demand a green audit through NGT…Rai is only spreading confusion in the name of tree plantation,” he said. TNN

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