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Van Mahotsav: Delhi Government To Begin Its Annual Plantation Drive On July 9

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said the annual sapling plantation drive in the national capital will begin on July 9 from the campus of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute

Van Mahotsav: Delhi Government To Begin Its Annual Plantation Drive On July 9
Delhi government's plantation drive will culminate on August 20 at the Chhatrasal Stadium

New Delhi: Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday (July 6) said the annual sapling plantation drive in the national capital will begin on July 9 from the campus of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute. The Delhi government is close to delivering on its promise of planting two crore saplings in the national capital in five years, he said.

Speaking at a press conference, Mr Rai said,

Before the state elections, we promised to plant two crore saplings. We planted 32 lakh (saplings) in 2020-21, 35 lakh in 2021-2022, 50 lakh in 2022-23 and the target is 52 lakh in 2023-24.

“We are confident that we will end up planting more than two crore saplings in the five-year period starting 2019,” he said. Mr Rai said the Van Mahotsav — the annual plantation drive — will commence with the launch of an online portal to allow Delhi residents to book free saplings.

The plantation drive will culminate on August 20 at the Chhatrasal Stadium.

Also Read: Van Mahotsav Special: It Is A Duty Of Every Citizen Of India To Plant Trees, Says CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

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