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On World Environment Day 2021, Delhi Government To Launch Mega Plantation Drive

World Environment Day 2021: In a bid to combat air pollution and bring down PM10 levels, the Delhi government will plant a large number of roadside shrubs

On World Environment Day 2021, Delhi Government To Launch Mega Plantation Drive
Highlights
  • Delhi government's target is to plant 33 lakh saplings this year
  • To control PM10, small plants will be planted on the sides of roads
  • Medicinal plants are given for free by the governmental nurseries in Delhi

New Delhi: Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday (June 2) said the Delhi government will launch a mega plantation drive on the occasion of World Environment Day, which is celebrated annually on June 5. Mr Rai said that this year, the Delhi government will plant around 33 lakh saplings of trees and shrubs. He said that in a bid to combat air pollution and bring down PM10 levels, the Delhi government will plant a large number of roadside shrubs. Mr Rai said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had given a guarantee before elections that they would plant 2 crore saplings in the next five years.

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Following this, the Delhi government’s target is to plant 33 lakh saplings this year, which is nearly twice the target set by the Central government. Beginning June 5, in all the nurseries of the Delhi government, citizens will be able to take free saplings of medicinal plants to help boost their immunity to combat Covid-19, read an official release.

“On World Environment Day on June 5, the Delhi Government has decided to begin its afforestation program. For the next one year, the government has decided to plant 33 lakh trees in Delhi. With regard to the problem of pollution in Delhi, PM10 plays an important role, which is produced by dust that rises on the sides of roads. For this, we’ll have small plants on the sides of roads, to control PM10,” it said.

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Mr Rai said that the Central government provides an afforestation target to states every year.

Last time, this target was set at 15 lakh plants in Delhi. As per the promise made by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, during the elections, it was promised to achieve the goal of planting 2 crore plants in the next 5 years to improve the environment. Keeping that goal in mind, we had surpassed the Central government’s goal and set a target of planting 31 lakh trees last year. We are happy to report that we surpassed our own target and planted 32 lakh trees in the last year, he added.

Keeping in view of the Central government’s goal of planting 18 lakh trees, and as per the guarantee made by CM Arvind Kejriwal, Mr Rai has kept a goal of planting 33 lakh trees, which we will symbolically initiate on June 5, given the city is under partial lockdown.

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“In the upcoming days, this program will be operational on a larger scale”, he said.

He added,

In Delhi, medicinal plants are given free of cost by the governmental nurseries. This year too, we will initiate the same wherein beginning June 5, we will plant immunity-boosting herbs and medicinal plants. It is my appeal to the people of Delhi that they should take these plants from the governmental nurseries and plant them. These do not need a lot of space and you can plant them in the pots at your homes and increase our immunity levels by consuming them.

The minister said that in 2017, Delhi’s green arena covered 299 kms, which increased to 325 kilometres and the Delhi government is hopeful that this year’s tree plantation program will further increase this to an area of about 350 kilometres.

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(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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World

22,95,44,435Cases
19,20,52,504Active
3,27,83,741Recovered
47,08,190Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,95,44,435 and 47,08,190 have died; 19,20,52,504 are active cases and 3,27,83,741 have recovered as on September 22, 2021 at 3:49 am.

India

3,35,31,498 26,964Cases
3,01,9897,586Active
3,27,83,741 34,167Recovered
4,45,768 383Deaths
In India, there are 3,35,31,498 confirmed cases including 4,45,768 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,01,989 and 3,27,83,741 have recovered as on September 22, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,27,629 3,131

44,269 960

63,44,744 4,021

1,38,616 70

Kerala

45,39,926 15,768

1,61,765 5,813

43,54,264 21,367

23,897 214

Karnataka

29,69,361 818

13,769 617

29,17,944 1,414

37,648 21

Tamil Nadu

26,48,688 1,647

16,993 9

25,96,316 1,619

35,379 19

Andhra Pradesh

20,40,708 1,179

13,905 483

20,12,714 1,651

14,089 11

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,693 13

194 0

16,86,612 13

22,887

West Bengal

15,62,710 537

7,741 69

15,36,291 592

18,678 14

Delhi

14,38,556 39

400 21

14,13,071 18

25,085

Odisha

10,21,216 462

4,844 103

10,08,226 560

8,146 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,120 26

297 0

9,91,260 26

13,563

Rajasthan

9,54,275 12

99 8

9,45,222 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,751 14

133 0

8,15,536 14

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,410 8

90 6

7,81,803 14

10,517

Haryana

7,70,754 8

328 12

7,60,618 20

9,808

Bihar

7,25,907 6

60 9

7,16,188 15

9,659

Telangana

6,63,906 244

4,938 53

6,55,061 296

3,907 1

Punjab

6,01,359 36

304 3

5,84,554 37

16,501 2

Assam

5,98,864 441

5,081 97

5,87,970 338

5,813 6

Jharkhand

3,48,139 14

65 10

3,42,941 4

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,405 12

249 18

3,35,765 29

7,391 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,28,214 145

1,450 11

3,22,345 154

4,419 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,17,403 263

1,715 99

2,12,033 162

3,655 2

Goa

1,75,690 107

886 76

1,71,507 29

3,297 2

Puducherry

1,25,618 101

922 55

1,22,864 46

1,832

Manipur

1,18,870 197

2,174 9

1,14,861 203

1,835 3

Tripura

83,956 51

353 7

82,794 44

809

Mizoram

82,815 1,355

15,363 223

67,184 1,127

268 5

Meghalaya

79,817 150

1,878 18

76,558 167

1,381 1

Chandigarh

65,195 7

44 3

64,333 4

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,190 64

413 3

53,504 60

273 1

Sikkim

31,014 43

627 27

30,007 70

380

Nagaland

30,959 52

470 3

29,832 46

657 3

Ladakh

20,743 6

144 6

20,392

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 0

10,666

4

Lakshadweep

10,360 1

9 1

10,300

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,607 7

17 4

7,461 3

129

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