*Delhiites to see a radical hike in the green area of the state; Kejriwal Government to kick off Mega Plantation Drive under Van Mahotsav Pakhwada from July 11 onwards - Gopal Rai*

*Environment and Forests Minister Gopal Rai chairs a high-level meeting with the Forest Department to promote plantation in Delhi*

*To promote tree plantation in Delhi, Van Mahotsav Pakhwada will commence from July 11 onwards from the Central Ridge - Gopal Rai*

*The closing ceremony of Van Mahotsav Pakhwada will be done by planting over 1 lakh saplings in Asola Bhatti Mines - Gopal Rai*

*Kejriwal Government has set a target of planting more than 35 lakh saplings this year - Gopal Rai*

*Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Cabinet Ministers and Vidhan Sabha Speaker to lead the tree plantation campaign across the state - Gopal Rai*

*Free distribution of medicinal plants will start from Kamala Nehru Ridge on July 2 - Gopal Rai*

*A target has been set to plant about 10 lakh saplings under Van Mahotsav Pakhwada - Gopal Rai*

*Appeal to residents of Delhi to take part in the Van Mahotsav so that the city's green space can be increased - Gopal Rai*

New Delhi: 27th June 2022-Under the chairmanship of Environment and Forest Minister Shri Gopal Rai, a high-level meeting was held at the Delhi Secretariat to promote tree plantation in the city today. Officials from the forest department took part in this meeting. During the meeting, in order to increase Delhi's green cover, it was decided to begin the Van Mahotsav Pakhwada from July 11 onwards from the Central Ridge. On July 25, a closing ceremony will be held at Asola Bhatti Mines, during which more than 1 lakh saplings will be planted. The campaign to plant trees will also begin on July 11 in all 70 of Delhi's legislative assemblies. This campaign will be led in various locations by the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Cabinet Minister, and the Speaker of Legislative assembly. Along with this, from July 2 onwards free distribution of medicinal plants will commence from Kamala Nehru Ridge.

Environment and Forest Minister Shri Gopal Rai, while addressing the reporters, said, “As a result of all the measures taken by the Kejriwal Government, a significant increase in the green cover has been seen inside Delhi. In the year 2013, the green area in Delhi was 20%, but thanks to the efforts of the Kejriwal Government, it has increased to 23.06 percent for the year 2021. In addition, Delhi has surpassed all other cities in the country in terms of per capita forest cover. Heading in this direction, the Van Mahotsav will commence from Central Ridge on July 11 and culminate on July 25 at Asola Bhatti Mines by planting more than 1 lakh saplings. This 15-day event will serve as a catalyst for the tree planting campaign featured in the 14 points of the Summer Action Plan. This effort to plant trees in various districts will be led by the Deputy Chief Minister of the Delhi Government, Ministers of the Delhi Government, and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. Additionally, on July 11, this initiative to plant trees will be led by MLAs in each of Delhi's 70 Legislative Assemblies. We want to accomplish a significant portion of the saplings our government has set out to plant in Delhi during this Van Mahotsav.”

“Tree plantation drive is being carried out every year to increase Delhi's green belt and reduce Delhi's pollution. In this regard, this year the Kejriwal government has set a goal of planting more than 35 lakh trees under the Mega Tree Plantation Drive which will be completed by the green agency of all the 19 concerned departments. Under this campaign, about 29 lakh saplings will be planted and around 7 lakh saplings will be distributed free of cost”, he further added.

*Free distribution of medicinal plants will commence from Kamala Nehru Ridge from July 2nd onwards*

Shri Gopal Rai informed, “Free distribution of medicinal plants in Delhi will commence from July 2 from Kamla Nehru Ridge. Under this, free medicinal plants will be distributed to the people from government nurseries so that the people of Delhi can participate in increasing the green area of Delhi by planting saplings in their homes.”

The Environment and Forest Minister requested Delhi residents to get involved in improving the city's green cover. He urged Delhi residents to plant trees on their special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. This effort will not only expand Delhi's green cover, but it will also lay out a plan to combat pollution in the future.