New Delhi: From planting saplings to offering free Tulsi seed cards, political leaders in the national capital did their bit to inspire people to work towards ensuring a cleaner and greener city on the 46th World Environment Day (June 5). Congress’s Delhi unit president Sheila Dikshit planted a sapling at her Nizamuddin East residence on the occasion and urged everyone to plant at least one sapling each, to increase the tree cover here. She said the Congress’s city unit will start an extensive tree plantation drive in the national capital on party president Rahul Gandhi’s birthday on June 19.
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Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal appealed to the people to adopt the principle of reuse and recycle. “On this World Environment Day, let’s pledge to take measures to reduce air pollution. Let’s plant trees, segregate our waste, stop open burning of waste, promote reuse and recycling. Small actions go a long way!” he tweeted.
On this World ???? Environment Day, let’s pledge to take measures to reduce air pollution. Let’s plant trees????, segregate our waste, stop open burning of waste, promote reuse and recycling. Small actions go a long way !#BeatAirPollotion.
— LG Delhi (@LtGovDelhi) June 5, 2019
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BJP Delhi unit spokesperson Tajinder Bagga announced the distribution of one lakh Tulsi seed cards. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on its official Twitter handle said its government’s scheme to install solar panels at zero cost conveys its commitment to a clean environment.
“Massive ongoing project to install solar panels across Delhi at zero cost is a highly cherished move by Delhi government to feel the real summer spirit. #WorldEnvironmentDay,” it tweeted.
Massive on going project to install solar panels across Delhi at zero cost is a highly cherished move by Delhi government to feel the real summer spirit. #WorldEnvironmentDay pic.twitter.com/UGno3H1i2V
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) June 5, 2019
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The AAP government had last year approved the ‘Mukhyamantri Solar Power Scheme’, which increased the period of subsidy on electricity bill from the current three years to five years.
Delhi’s Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, who planted a sapling, urged people to celebrate Environment Day everyday.
The Delhi Traffic Police also did its bit by organising awareness campaigns to sensitise people towards protecting the environment and reducing pollution, officials said. The Delhi Traffic Police personnel and traffic sentinels stood holding placards with messages to curb noise and air pollution at 18 busy intersections in the city, they said. The department also took the initiative of planting saplings on the occasion, they added.
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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollution, clean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.