Wildlife Conservation Awareness Campaign October 2-8: Minister of Environment Delhi
New India [India], September 28 (ANI): Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Tuesday that the Delhi government will hold a wildlife conservation awareness campaign from October 2 to 8 to raise awareness of the preservation of the environment.
Speaking at a press conference, Rai said, “Between October 2 and October 8, we will be holding a Van Jeev Sanrakshan Abhiyan program at Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary. Activities will be carried out to raise awareness.
“We are committed to preserving the environment. Along the green belt, forest animals are strongly affected. Pollution by humans releases really harmful gases,” he said.
He said 22.32 lakh of the 33 Lakh tree planting target has been met. The government plans to plant the rest of the trees by March 2022.
Speaking of tree plantations over the years, he added: “When the fight against pollution was launched by the Kejriwal government, in 2015-16, 16 51,000 trees were planted, in 2016-17, 24 75 000 trees were planted, In 2017-18, 16,000,000 trees were planted, in 2018-19, 28,95,000 trees were planted and in 2019-2020, 28,70,000 trees were planted. In the previous Kejriwal government of 2015-2020, a total of 1.15 million trees were planted in 5 years in Delhi. Last year we planted 3240,000 trees and this year we have planted 22 lakh trees so far. Therefore, over the past seven years, the Kejriwal government has planted 1,700,000,000 saplings. “
“In 2019, the Forest Survey of India report indicated that Delhi had 21.88% of its area below the green belt. In 2015, the total area of Delhi was 1,483 square kilometers. Of this total, 325 square kilometers. Green belt was developed in Delhi, which amounted to 21.88% of the area. Since 2015, nearly 1 crore 70 lakh plants have been planted in Delhi. These reports were used in meetings with other departments. Each department appointed different agencies, like Forest Research Institute Dehradun, Pusa Institute, among others. A third-party audit is underway for these, ”said Rai of the completion of the green hedge target in Delhi.
He said that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Public Works Department (PWD), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and Delhi Jal Board are among 19 departments that work together to plant trees in Delhi. (ANI)