1. PM Narendra Modi to start tree plantation drive on World Environment Day

PM Narendra Modi to start tree plantation drive on World Environment Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will start a tree plantation campaign by planting a sapling at his official residence 7 RCR on June 5 to mark the World Environment Day.

By: | Published: June 4, 2015 9:15 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will start a tree plantation campaign by planting a sapling at his official residence 7 RCR on June 5 to mark the World Environment Day.

Addressing the media ahead of the World Environment Day, Minister of State of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said that Cricket team captain Virat Kohli and international wrestler Sushil Kumar will participate in a function to plant saplings at Paryavaran Bhawan.

On the evening of June 5, cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Ajinkya Rane and Rohit Sharma, along with Prakash Javadekar and Maharashtra Minister for primary, higher and technical and Medical education and Culture Vinod Tawde and others will plant saplings in Mumbai at Joggers Park on Carter Road.

Cricketers Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan will join Ministers and other local leaders in planting saplings in Vadodara.

In Indore, Narendra Hirwani, Sanjay Jagdale and Gopal Sharma will join Madhya Pradesh’s Urban Administration, Housing and Environment Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya and other local leaders in the plantation campaign.

The cricket team, along with BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur, will participate in a plantation drive in Kolkata on June 6. The cricket team will later leave for Bangladesh to play a Test match and One Day Internationals. Renowned boxers Mary Kom and Sarita Devi, billiards player Geet Sethi and hockey player Viren Rasquinha have also pledged their support to the campaign and will also plant saplings wherever they are on June 5.

Javadekar also said that to achieve the goal of more green, a new pilot project on urban forestry will be launched in Pune on June 6.

Seventy acres of forest land in Pune is being compounded and about 4, 000 trees will be planted on it. This project will be run through public participation in the form of a memorial garden. People will pay Rs 2, 000 per tree and that tree will be named after their beloved ones. The Minister emphasised that extensive public participation is a must for the success of such initiatives.

He added that on World Environment Day, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change reiterates its pledge to work for Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Energy, Clean Environment and more Green.

The ministry has written to all Chief Ministers and Corporations to identify forest lands in urban areas, particularly in cities to develop forest. Most of the cities do have some gardens, but do not have forests. Javadekar underlined the fact that if forests can be developed, particularly with native fruit bearing and other trees in urban areas, they will work as a carbon sink. This project has been named Nagar Van-udyan Yojana”” (Urban Forest Plan) and will be financed partly from Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) CAMPA funds. It will develop forests within urban areas in the years to come.

The Minister also highlighted that the Ministry has already piloted a bill in Parliament to release nearly Rs 35, 000 crore under CAMPA to all the states, so that they can make more efforts for greening degraded forest areas, adopt best wildlife management practices, change the quality of the existing forests, to convert moderate forest to dense forest and many such forest activities. This will help in achieving the Green India Mission in a record time and it will also boost employment, particularly in the rural and tribal areas.

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  1. S
    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:35 am
    We have got infinite natural resources which environment has given us but we only praise them but don’t use them. Though we get infinite rain water even in a low rainfall year but never tried to store it and on the contrary adopted free water and energy policy making us most careless . So we struggle to fulfill our domestic, small biz and industrial water needs what to say of agricultural which needs many times more water than formers. We must give Rs 100 per cubic meter harvesting structure tax rebate and in multiple thereof per year for 100 years as this can double our water supply in Rs 10,000 crore per year only more than which we will get due to increased GDP. We get infinite free solar energy if used as heat, light and steam not as spv and csp but made ourselves its haters by mive subsidy on conventional energy including sub mineral water priced lpg and kerosene. If every Indian uses solar energy falling on one square meter are as heat , light and steam not as spv and csp our energy capacity can double today .We can give same tax rebate as for water stated above and will gain rather than loosing. Wish my wishes for use of those two infinite and other swadeshi resources come true to save bharat mata. So please harvest as much rain water as possible for any use and use as much solar energy as possible as solar heat, light and steam not as spv and csp . Please develop traction fuel cost free railways on a war footing. Thank you.

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