Environment Minister launches 15-day mega planting campaign to increase green cover in Delhi



Planting trees is important because it is linked to our basic need for good food and clean air to breathe. Besides these necessities, they also protect biodiversity, conserve water, preserve soils and regulate the climate.








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Delhi’s Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Monday launched a 15-day mega-plantation to increase green coverage in the nation’s capital. The “Van Mahotsav”, which started on the central ridge, will end on July 25 with the planting of one lakh saplings at Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, he said.












The ‘Van Mahotsav’ will be attended by Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and other ministers.

On Monday, Members of the Legislative Assembly (MPA) will lead the campaign in their respective constituencies.

The Center had set a target of 28 lakh saplings for the Delhi government to be planted in 2021-22. The city eventually planted 35 lakh saplings.

According to the latest Forest Survey of India report, Delhi’s green coverage has increased over the past two years from 21.88% to 23.06% of its geographical area.












The campaign will also be conducted in the 70 constituencies of Delhi. “Work has started on 10 hectares of land in the first phase to improve Delhi’s environment, and another seven thousand five hundred hectares will be restored under this campaign.” “Lantana and Prosopis juliflora would be eradicated from the Central Ridge area”, he said.

Planting trees is important because it is linked to our basic need for good food and clean air to breathe. Besides these necessities, they also protect biodiversity, conserve water, preserve soils and regulate the climate.












Planting trees helps to combat many environmental problems such as deforestation, soil erosion, desertification in semi-arid areas and global warming, while improving the beauty and balance of the environment . By trapping odors and polluting gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and particles in their leaves and bark, trees absorb odors and polluting gases and filter particles from the air.











First published: July 12, 2022, 08:51 IST



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