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Green drive in UP, CM launches campaign to plant 5 crore saplings

More than 10 lakh people across the state were involved in the record-breaking drive which aimed at planting five crore saplings at 6,161 places in one day

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(Representational Image) Sapling. Image Source: thebetterindia.com
  • The drive was kicked-off by Samajwadi Party (SP) Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in the state capital
  • Various schools, NGOs, government departments, military and para-military forces were roped in by the state government.
  • The plants would be monitored by GPS and a command and control room has been set up for the purpose at the forest department headquarters in the state capita

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday launched a campaign ‘UP Goes Green’, which soughts to create a world record by planting five crore saplings at different locations across the state within a span of 24 hours.

The campaign was kicked-off by Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in the state capital, while his son Akhilesh planted a sapling each in Kannauj and Rasoolabad area in Kanpur rural. He was accompanied by his MP wife Dimple Yadav.

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The drive that has been flagged off on Monday will come to an end on Tuesday at 10 am.

More than 10 lakh people across the state were involved in the record-breaking drive which aimed at planting five crore saplings at 6,161 places in one day.

UP CM Akhilesh Yadav with wife Dimple Yadav during the drive. Image Source: The Indian Express
UP CM Akhilesh Yadav with wife Dimple Yadav during the drive. Image Source: The Indian Express

Various schools, NGOs, government departments, military and para-military forces were roped in by the state government.

While the Tata Energy Research Institute (Teri) was verifying the digging of pits for the plantation, a third party was also tasked to monitor the entire process.

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The plants would be monitored by GPS and a command and control room has been set up for the purpose at the forest department headquarters in the state capital.

“More than 80 varieties, including Goolar, Tamarind, Teak, Sagaun, Arjuna, Bael and Jamun, of plants have been planted on Monday during the drive,” a forest official told IANS.

Endeavouring to plant 80 species of saplings, the CM told a leading daily that it is the “largest plantation drive on earth.” (IANS)

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    In today’s time when we are cutting down forest, this move will really help in restoring our forests.

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Vivo To Invest Rs 4,000 Crore For New Plant in Uttar Pradesh

There are currently more than 70,000 retailers in India where Vivo phones are available and the company has more than 200 exclusive stores and two experience centres

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Vivo announces Rs 4,000 crore investment for new UP plant. (IANS)

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo on Thursday announced an additional investment of Rs 4,000 crore over a period of four years for opening a new manufacturing plant on the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh that will generate 5,000 jobs in its first phase of expansion.
The new 169-acre land has been acquired near the existing 50-acre manufacturing facility that will help expand Vivo’s manufacturing capabilities and support its continued growth in the country, the company said in a statement.

The Rs 4,000-crore investment, which does not include the cost of the land, will also spur job opportunities in the region, added Vivo that entered India in 2014.

“India is a key market for us, and today we have reiterated our commitment by entering the next phase of growth in India. We’re proud that the new plant will offer a major benefit to the surrounding area through high-quality job creation and training opportunities,” said Nipun Marya, Director-Brand Strategy, Vivo India.

According to the company, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath welcomed the initiative and congratulated it.

Currently, all Vivo smartphones sold in the country are being manufactured at the Greater Noida facility, which is one of Vivo’s four manufacturing factories globally.

The existing manufacturing set-up, which saw an investment of Rs 300 crore, produces two million units a month, with more than 5,000 people at work.

With the new facility, Vivo aims to double the current production capacity to 50 million units per annum.

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Currently, all Vivo smartphones sold in the country are being manufactured at the Greater Noida facility, which is one of Vivo’s four manufacturing factories globally.

This is the second big-ticket investment from a global smartphone maker in Uttar Pradesh.

In 2017, Samsung announced that it would invest Rs 4,915 crore to double its manufacturing capacity for smartphones and refrigerators at its Noida plant.

The South Korean giant in July set up one of the world’s largest mobile manufacturing facilities in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

When it comes to Vivo, the company was third with 10 per cent market share in India, after Xiaomi and Samsung, in the third quarter this year. Vivo performed exceedingly well in offline channels, said Counterpoint Research.

Marya told IANS in a recent interview that in terms of value, Vivo is the leader in the Rs 20,000-Rs 30,000 segment and overall No. 2 in the Indian smartphone market for the past 18 months.

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According to him, the brand awareness of Vivo, which bagged the title sponsorship for five consecutive sessions of Indian Premier League (IPL) starting this year with a whopping Rs 2,199 crore bid, is 100 per cent.

There are currently more than 70,000 retailers in India where Vivo phones are available and the company has more than 200 exclusive stores and two experience centres.

“When we entered India, we were very clear that we wanted to build a very strong foundation here. And four years after entering the Indian market, we stay totally committed to the country,” he said. (IANS)