NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said his government has set a target of planting 10 lakh new trees and 5 lakh new saplings of medicinal and herbal plants this year.
The chief minister, who was speaking as chief guest at the World Environment Day function at Garhi Mandu City Forest, said his government has asked land-owning and environment protection agencies such as Delhi Development Authority, Public Works Department, the municipal corporations, irrigation and flood control department to carry out tree censuses in their jurisdiction.
“Delhi government has set a target of planting 10 lakh new trees and 5 lakh new saplings of medicinal and herbal plants in Delhi... This government will promote effective plantation and steps will be taken to ensure that such plantations survive,” the chief minister said.
“The land-owning greening agencies will be asked to get third party audit of these plantations undertaken. Besides this, these agencies have also been asked to conduct tree census which will ensure accountability of such agencies in survival and maintenance of plantations,” Kejriwal said.
Environment minister Imran Hussain and water minister Kapil Mishra also participated in the event.
Representatives of RWAs, NGOs, civil society groups and schoolchildren were also present. There are about 42 city forests spread all over Delhi.
Kejriwal said even though the theme of celebration of this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Go wild for life - Fight against the illegal trade in wildlife’, the government will launch a campaign and appeal to people to plant more trees to make Delhi green and clean.