elhi environment minister Gopal Rai announced on Tuesday that the government of Delhi has set a goal to plant 3.54 million young plants in the capital in the fiscal year 2022-2023, adding that a “Mega Tree Plantation Drive” will speed up the program getting started.
The government had set a goal to plant about 3.3 million young plants last year, but it managed to plant close to 3.5 million young plants, Rai said Tuesday.
“In this campaign, about 100,000 young plants will be planted by the various green bodies and about 700,000 young plants will be distributed free of charge through state nurseries. Various tasks, such as soil preparation, digging ditches, preparing saplings, soil fertilization, etc. , will be done in May and June and the process of planting the saplings will start from the month of July, “Rai said Tuesday.
The minister held a high-level joint meeting on Tuesday with all the greening agencies, which included the Forest Department, the three corporations, DDA, Railways, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, CPWD, DSIIDC and BSES.
Rai said Delhi’s consistent plantation efforts were evident in the growing green cover, which currently stands at 23.06% of the total geographical area.
“As a result of all the measures taken by the government of Delhi, a significant increase in the green coverage within Delhi is seen. In 2013, the green area in Delhi was about 20% but through our efforts it has increased to 23.06 % in 2021. In addition, Delhi has surpassed all other cities in the country in terms of forest cover per capita, ”Rai added.
To engage citizens at the Mega Plantation Drive, Rai also launched a green helpline number – 1800118600 – that allows NGOs, RWAs and individuals to seek more information about free saplings and the locations of the plantation drive.
Rai also said instructions were issued to all greening agencies to conduct a third-party inspection to check the survival rate of saplings planted last year and ensure accountability.
“If a department has not yet completed third-party inspections, orders have been issued to inspect it by the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Combating Climate Change (MGICCC). In the future, this institute will continue to carry out further planting-related inspections of third parties,” he said. .