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It’s raining plantation drives

This is the season when scores of trees are planted all over Delhi. Though the plantation season starts in mid-July, however, this time it started a month before, reports Vimal Chander Joshi.

delhi Updated: Jul 05, 2008 22:45 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

Early monsoon downpour has showered happy news for nurseries in the Capital. Frantic phone calls by environment-friendly people is a good reason for them to cheer.

This is the season when scores of trees are planted all over Delhi. Though the plantation season starts in mid-July, when the monsoon hits the Capital, orders started flowing in last month itself.

“Last year, we gave the orders of saplings to be sent after July 15, but this year we started getting the orders in June,” says Mohit Khan, owner of Rajdhani Nursery.

The rising number of queries at these nurseries clearly evinces their booming business.

Raj Kumar at Raj Kumar Kanhai Nursery says: “Last year, we sold around 28,000 saplings this season, but we are sure the figure will easily cross 35,000 this time.”

Even nurseries run by government bodies are all smiles and hope to break all previous records. Sita Devi, who works at the sales counter at Sunder Nursery, which is run by CPWD, is hopeful of selling 5-10 lakh saplings by the time the season’s last rains descend.

Plantation drives

When every one is making hay this season, why should environmentalists be behind? Delhiites are being sensitised about tree plantations by several campaigners.

“This time the monsoons hit Delhi when the summer vacations were on, which is why we have found many hands for our plantation drive,” says Gautam Pandey, who is spearheading a campaign named Hands For Trees (HFT) around Chirag Delhi, Vasant Vihar, Dhaula Kuan and some areas in east and north Delhi.

“I was actually amazed to see young volunteers planting trees in our colony’s park. I also worked with them and planted three plants in the neighbourhood park,” says Rita Mukherjee, a resident of Chirag Enclave.

HFT volunteers have recorded the whole procedure of planting the sapling and are set to upload the video on YouTube very soon.

Young campaigners

Due to mass awakening, a lot of youngsters are coming forward to save their environment. “It’s heartening to see youngsters roll up their sleeves for planting trees in their neighbourhood,” says KVK Sinha, former deputy director, horticulture department, CPWD.

Sabira Coelho, a second year student in St. Stephens College, has utilised her vacation by associating with this social cause. “A number of classmates have been working for some social cause or other this vacation. Some of my classmates have even gone to villages in Chattisgarh and Uttarakhand to help people out there,” she says.

Another young volunteer, Doel Tribedy, who works for an NGO, takes time out from her job to “pay back to the environment”.

She takes out three days a week and is content with public’s reaction to the endeavour. “When a couple of volunteers were planting saplings at some locality in south Delhi, some security guards standing nearby got interested and offered their help and started digging the earth to plant a new life,” says Doel.

It seems that Delhi government’s dream of making Delhi a “green” city will soon be fulfilled.