Plantation in Delhi: Delhi government will plant 10 lakh saplings in Delhi to increase the state’s green cover and improve air quality. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has approved the project costing Rs 140.74 crore in the recently held Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) meeting. To increase the green cover of Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the Delhi government is committed to provide clean air to the residents of the capital and in this direction we are continuously increasing the green cover of Delhi.
He further said that ‘Continuing this, the Delhi government will plant 10 lakh saplings in the state before the next monsoon. Delhi’s green cover has increased in the last few years and after planting one million saplings, this green area will act as the new ‘Green Lungs’ for Delhi. He said that it is like an investment which will provide better health with better environment to our citizens.
Delhi has 342 sq km of green area
Manish Sisodia said that as a part of this project, a large part of the forest area located in Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, Dera, Mandi, Ghitorni, Maidangarhi, Rangpuri, Tughlakabad, Pul Pahladpur and Rajokri in the Southern Ridge region is less dense. Here, lakhs of trees will be planted to make the forest area denser and the work of removing the trees and plants of other species which harm the plants of other species will also be done. Along with this, work will be done to restore the environment by adopting measures related to conservation of soil moisture.
In fact, more than 6 lakh saplings will be planted in these forest areas in ‘mission mode’ before the monsoon this year by the Forest Department and 4 lakh saplings will be planted in the next monsoon season. These plants include indigenous species of Aravallis as well as species of plants specially grown in the upgraded nurseries of the Forest Department. The work of plantation and their conservation will be done by the ‘Eco Task Force’ appointed by the Delhi Forest Department.
What is ‘Eco Task Force’ of Delhi Government
The Eco Task Force of the Delhi Government works to maintain the plantations, protect the forest areas from the danger of encroachment, help the forest department to reduce the threat of wildlife in the area. The Delhi government has now approved the term of the Eco Task Force for another five years. Ex-servicemen and officers of the Territorial Army have been included in the Eco Task Force. The task force will manage the entire process of planting 10 lakh saplings and its maintenance for five years.