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Taj city's green push: Over 1 cr saplings to be planted this monsoon

IANS  |  Agra 

Come July-August the Forest Department has announced planting of a record 1.02 crore saplings here to tackle a spike in the figures in the eco-sensitive Taj Zone.

Despite the state machineries continued focus on controlling the environmental apocalypse, and planting of several crore saplings last year, little has changed.

Work on preparing planting sites has already begun. The target for city is 28,57,000. Mainpuri, Firozabad and Mathura will also plant lakhs of saplings, according to

The Yogi Adityanath government's target for this year is 22 crore. Last year it was nine crore.

activists in the Taj city though wonder where would the space come from for the planting of so many saplings.

"Last year we saw how hastily saplings were planted in a haphazard manner with no one responsible for maintenance and care. Only a small percentage survived," said

Without proper care, they just remain mere paper trees, added, environmentalist Devashish Bhattacharya. "The real problem with such over-hyped campaigns is that these are not backed by that can take care of the plants for three years at least," activist added.

Sapna Arora, in Goverdhan though proclaimed that saving through efforts is equivalent to saving human lives.

"Saving should be equated with saving life on this planet. conservation is responsibility of each one of us and days like these remind us of our duties and responsibilities towards reducing pollution," she told IANS after initiating a tree plantation drive on the Goverdhan Parikrama Marg.

In Mathura, a unique experiment launched by the has started yielding results.

"Utilising treated waste and sewer water from drains a sprawling space along the Yamuna has been developed. Right from Kans Kila adjoining the famous Vishram Ghat, a green belt till the periphery of Vrindavan town is being gradually developed.

"The advantages are several. Dust has been controlled. The vast stretch of wasteland has been utilised. Drains are not opening into the river and new picnic spots have come up," Rashmi Sharma, local in-charge of the project told IANS.



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First Published: Sun, June 09 2019. 10:44 IST