In a bid to transform the city into a lush green haven, a massive plantation drive will see the planting of 195,300 saplings on Independence Day. These saplings will be distributed across various locations in the city, including Ayush, Nandan, and Gram forests, as well as in government offices, schools, colleges, and parks. The Forest Department has meticulously prepared these saplings in nurseries to prepare for the ambitious project.
Forest official Pramod Kumar revealed that an extensive tree plantation program is scheduled for Independence Day across the district. The department began preparations for this initiative three to four months ago, which are now nearing completion. Four nurseries in the city have cultivated saplings, including fruits like mango, jamun, guava, amla, hibiscus, kanner, rose, neem, peepal, banyan, tulsi, aloe vera, ashwagandha, and brahmi, to be planted in different sectors of the city. Apart from the Forest Department, other governmental bodies such as the Pollution Control Board, Revenue Department, Panchayati Raj Department, Agriculture Department, Public Works Department, among others, will contribute to the plantation efforts by assisting in digging pits, mulching, fertilizing, watering, and more.
Before the plantation, soil testing was conducted from various parts of the city to ensure the saplings’ successful growth. The saplings will be planted based on these soil test results, aiming to provide an optimal environment for their growth. The preparations for Ayush, Nandan, and Gram Van have been initiated based on the outcome of these tests. Earlier, on July 22nd, around 105,000 saplings were planted. This initiative covered sectors like 136 and 121, including government offices, schools, colleges, sectors, parks, and road sides.