Launching this years tree plantation drive in the national capital,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday said such plantations were necessary to avoid a natural calamity as witnessed in Uttarakhand. Dikshit asked the Environment department and agencies concerned to ensure that at least 15 lakh saplings were planted this season.
Dikshit inaugurated the plantation drive in Ujwa village,West Delhi. Environmental imbalance may invite natural calamities like the one in Uttarakhand. Therefore,it is critical to make at least one-third of Delhi green by planting more and more saplings each year, Dikshit said.
She said plantation drives were necessary to enrich the environment and also mitigate air pollution and maintain the water table.
Dikshit and others present at the event observed a minute of silence for those who had lost their lives in the landslide in Uttarakhand.
The departments of Environment and Forests,along with 20 other greening agencies have been directed to plant at least 15 lakh saplings this monsoon. The environment department has been asked to make sufficient saplings available at their nursery and petrol pumps for easy access, Dikshit said.
The Environment department also emphasised the need to protect planted saplings.
The government has been concentrating on improving the survival rate of planted saplings. Like 2012,we aim to plant 15 lakh saplings,of which 15,000 will be planted in Ujwa, an Environment department official said.