Chandigarh, June 6, 2020.
UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore released the ‘Greening Chandigarh Action Plan 2020-21’, prepared by the Forest Department, UT, on the occasion of World Environment Day today
Under the plan, 2.55 lakh saplings will be planted in 2020-21. The Forest Department will plant 70,000 saplings, Horticulture Wing of the Engineering Department 30,000 saplings and the Municipal Corporation will plant 50,000 saplings, while the remaining saplings will be planted by other stakeholders such as NGOs, schools and RWAs.
Debendra Dalai, Chief Conservator of Forests, UT, said: “Chandigarh takes pride in having preserved about 46 per cent of the total area under the forest and green cover. To increase the green cover in the UT, ‘Greening Chandigarh Action Plan 2019-20’ was prepared for implementation by all greening agencies”.
“Due to Covid-19 and the prevailing lockdown conditions, we have realised how the nature has started healing and made us realise how we can contribute in maintaining a balance in nature,” said Dalai.
After the event, a ceremonial plantation was conducted by the Forest Department at Nagar Van (City Forest) where saplings were planted by Debendra Dalai, TC Nautiyal, Conservator of Forests, and Dr Abdul Qayum, Deputy Conservator of Forests, along with staff of the Department.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, World Environment Day was celebrated by inviting school students and public online for participation in the poster-making, repurposed art and poetry competitions. As many as 970 students participated in various activities.