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Sheila kicks off plantation campaign

The Times of India, New Delhi, 23th June, 2013

Chief minister Sheila Dikshit launched a green drive on Saturday.

About 15 lakh saplings will be planted across the city in the next two months with an aim to increase the green cover of Delhi.
 Dikshit began the drive by planting saplings at Ujwa village in west Delhi.

"The environmental imbalance may cause natural disasters similar to what happened in Uttarakhand. We should aim at making at least one-third of Delhi green by planting more and more saplings," she said while addresing a function.

The CM exhorted citizens to plant saplings in the city during the monsoon and tend them delicately to ensure their survival. She pointed out that children had contributed substantially in expanding the capital's green cover.

Officials said the department of environment will distribute a large number of saplings across the city during the plantation drive.

The chief minister said the forest department and 20 other government agencies have been directed to plant about 15 lakh saplings.

Dikshit added that the saplings will be distributed to the public at petrol pumps and the premises of government offices for free.

The CM said that last year about 10 lakh saplings were planted across the city.

"The Delhi government has developed 40 city forests as part of the efforts to protect the environment and conserve the flora and fauna," she said.