Noida: Over 13.50 lakh saplings have been planted across Noida and Greater Noida on July 22 and August 15 as part of a mass afforestation drive initiated by the Uttar Pradesh government this year, the district administration said on Tuesday (August 15). The Gautam Buddh Nagar district has exceeded its allotted target by 144.56 per cent, the administration said in a statement after the second leg of plantation drive on Tuesday led by District Magistrate Manish Kumar Verma.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had called for major plantation drives across Uttar Pradesh, setting a target of 35 crore plantations across the state – 30 crore on July 22 and 5 crore on August 15, it stated. Divisional Forest Officer Pramod Kumar Srivastava was quoted as saying in the statement,
As part of the campaign, Gautam Buddh Nagar was allotted a target of 9.34 lakh plantations.
He said plantation drives were organised at various places by the public representatives, various government departments, industrial units, schools, colleges, civil societies, RWAs, NGOs and villagers in Gautam Buddh Nagar.
Getting wide public participation and implementing it as a mass movement, a total of 1.49 lakh saplings were planted by the Forest Department on July 22 and August 15, while 12.02 lakh saplings were planted by other departments. A total of 13.51 lakh saplings have been planted at 1093 sites, which is 144.56 per cent of the allotted target, the DFO said.
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