Get saplings for free from 14 govt nurseries in Delhi

Delhi : 6 June, 2021 (Times of India)


NEW DELHI: Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai on Saturday launched a mega plantation drive on the occasion of World Environment Day, asking Delhiites to come forward and visit the 14 government nurseries across the city where medicinal plants and other saplings are being distributed for free.

This year, Delhi government has set a target of planting over 33 lakh saplings across the capital. Rai said the government also plans to hold a mega plantation drive — Van Mahotsav — from June 26 to July 11.


“We will hold a mega plantation drive where we will plant over 33 lakh saplings across the city. All state government ministers, the speaker of Delhi legislative assembly, MLAs, NGOs and RWAs will all be taking part. The plantation drive will be handled by different government departments and agencies, including the environment department, DDA, MCD, PWD, BSES and others,” Rai said, while planting a sapling at Raj Niwas Marg in Civil Lines on Saturday.

“On June 9, we will hold a virtual meeting with all these agencies and the entire plan will be finalised,” Rai added.
Stressing on the campaign, “Ek paudha zindagi ke naam” (One sapling for one life), Rai asked people to come forward and take at least one sapling and nurture it for life. He claimed that the government would be distributing lakhs of saplings at government nurseries, to increase the city’s green cover.

“In the last few years, the relentless work done by Delhi government under the leadership of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has helped us to bring down air pollution by around 25%. I am confident that with the help of Delhiites, we will be able to run this mega plantation drive successfully,” the minister said.

Delhi government has already taken several steps to combat air pollution, including anti-dust campaigns, introducing the tree transplantation policy, the all-new electric vehicle policy and the ‘Red light on, Gaadi off’ campaign, amongst others. Last year, the state government had set a target of planting 31 lakh saplings.