The Noida and Greater Noida authorities are identifying land for conducting plantation drives ahead of the monsoon.
Plantation drives are carried out every year across Gautam Budh Nagar to ensure an increase in the green cover.
Noida authority officials said they have identified most of the areas where the horticulture department will carry out plantation of trees and shrubs.
Officials said that this year, saplings will be planted in the vicinity of newly developed and under-construction residential projects and in industrial areas.
Horticulture department officials said that they will plant traditional Indian trees such as neem, gulmohar, jamun and mango in sectors 63, 146, 150 and 151.
“We are still to finalise a few other areas for carrying out the plantation drive. An extensive drive will be carried out in the newly developed sectors, 63A and 150. Sectors 146 and 151, which are under development, have also been identified. Once other areas are approved by the chief executive officer, we will complete the necessary formalities,” Omvir Singh, director of the horticulture department, Noida authority, said.
The two authorities will carry out the plantation in July. The Noida authority will plant 1 lakh saplings and 3 lakh shrubs including champa, kaner and chameli.
However, the budget of the plantation drive is yet to be finalised.
“We plan for the plantation drives well in advance because it takes a while to acquire saplings and issue tenders. Our aim is to increase green cover in Noida,” said Singh.
The Greater Noida authority also identified some areas for plantation. “We will plant saplings in all main parks, green belts and forest area. We will plant around 1 lakh saplings,” said Anand Mohan Singh, general manager, horticulture department of the Greater Noida authority.