This monsoon, the municipal corporations of Delhi have adopted a rather different approach to popularise their annual plantation drive.
They have been delivering saplings at the doorstep and even naming plants after residents as a ‘thank you’ gesture — all for free.
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) will deliver five saplings per family at the homes of area residents while its south counterpart has decided to name plants after people at a designated spot.
“We will supply saplings to the residents who want to take part in the drive but don’t have the means to transport them from municipal offices. The residents have the option of either planting these saplings in their houses or at nearby parks,” said Jitender Choudhary, standing committee chairman, EDMC.
The residents can reach the corporation at 155303 and register their address. The corporation will then deliver the saplings at their doorstep.
“The EDMC has set a target of 30,000 saplings. In view of this latest initiative, we have appointed seven nodal officers to help the people and execute the drive,” said Choudhary.
The SDMC will name plants and felicitate residents who take part in the drive.
“The residents can call the central helpline of the SDMC and the horticulture department will reach out to them. Those who want to take part will be provided with saplings and a plant protection grille. The grille will have their names as a gesture for their involvement,” said South Delhi Mayor, Shyam Sharma.
Sharma said the residents would be allowed to suggest a location and if there is paucity of space near their residence, the saplings can be planted at the nearest SDMC park.
The SDMC has decided to plant more than one lakh plants as part of the drive and is banking on the public support for its success.