The West Bengal Government has taken up an ambitious tree planting effort across the State.

According to Public Works and Environment Minister Sudarsan Ghosh Dastidar, one million trees will be planted across the length and breadth of the State in this fiscal. The initiative would particularly help make Kolkata greener.

The State Environment Department would also focus on planting fruit-bearing trees in some parts of the city to attract more birds.

“We have joined hands with the industry, NGOs and various institutions in the proposed tree planting exercise. Our plan is to complete this programme by the end of this calendar year,” Dastidar told reporters at a programme organised the West Bengal Pollution Control Board .

Student Participation

He added that the Public Works Department would be responsible for planting and growing saplings along the roads.

The State Government will involve students in the drive . It has requested every school in the State to participate in the programme. Nearly 1,500 students from 30 schools took part in the effort on Saturday.

“Our idea is to invite all schools in the State at tree plantation and sapling distribution programmes,” Dastidar said. The pollution control board also plans to encourage students by issuing certificates for planting trees in their schools, and localities, in the city.

The Commerce and Industries Minister Partha Chatterjee, who was present on the occasion, sought participation by the industry in the pollution control drive. “So far, 15 lakh saplings have been handed over to industrial units across the State for plantation,” Chatterjee said.

ayan.pramanik

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(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 20, 2012)
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