A massive planting campaign will be undertaken in Barnala district

A massive planting campaign will be undertaken in Barnala district this monsoon season where 6 lakh saplings will be planted to ensure an increase in green cover. All available government land and plots will be covered with plants.

Work is done under the Jal Shakti Abhiyaan to increase green cover and for water conservation and rainwater harvesting.

Wetlands will also be created in the district to better maintain the flora and fauna of the area. Barnala Deputy Commissioner Dr. Harish Nayar said this while chairing a special meeting held to discuss ways to enrich the environment in the district. The district has set a target to plant 6 lakh saplings in the coming monsoon season.

To implement this work effectively, a team has been formed at the district level that works on a range of things from making pits to creating plant inventories to planting them. A district-level control room on this has also been set up, in which employees of the district education office and the district forestry office will be available from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Making the younger generation participate in this movement, school and college students will be enlisted.

To begin with, pits will be dug on available land in public schools where planting will be undertaken. About 61,000 students will plant 1 lakh saplings in the district. ADC (D) Mr Paramvir Singh added that 100 acres of land have been identified in Badbar village where a wetland will be created.

Wetlands are known to have a richer diversity of flora and fauna than dry forests. By implementing wetlands, we will not only ensure better plants and animals, but we will also be able to significantly recharge groundwater. Dr JS Bilga consultant horticulturist, JP Meena and Gurnam Singh from Central Pollution Control Board (CPC) Chandigarh, SDM Barnala Gopal Singh, SDM Tapa Sonam Chaudhary, DEO (S) Sarabjit Singh Toor, XEN irrigation Sukhjit Singh, EO MC Barnala Mohit Sharma, EO MC Handiaya Manpreet Singh Sidhu, Rajat Monga of Trident Group and others were present.

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