Delhi government to plant more than 23 lakh trees to control air pollution
Delhi government to plant more than 23 lakh trees to control air pollution

New Delhi: The Delhi government is to plant more than 23 lakh trees and shrubs in the financial year 2019-20 in order to combat air pollution in the Capital.

According to the report, the number is around 10 lakh lower than the last year's target. An official statement claimed that out of the  23 lakh trees and shrubs to be planted this fiscal, 4,25,000 saplings will be distributed for free of cost. 

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As per the news agency PTI, Imran Hussain, the Delhi Environment and Forests Minister Imran Hussain on Wednesday conducted a meeting with senior officers of the forest department and horticulture wing of various greening agencies. These included the three municipal corporations, Delhi Development Authority, Delhi Parks and Gardens Society, New Delhi Municipal Council, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, among others in this regard.

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The forest Minister sought the active involvement of local residents, market associations, school and college students in the exercise to enhance the city's green cover to combat the air pollution. 

According to the report,  Hussain has asked all the greening agencies to identify locations and targets where they can conduct the one-day mass plantation drives which will be scheduled in the third week of July. The minister also reviewed the targets achieved during 2018-19. 


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