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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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  • 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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  • Aparna Gupta

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

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a "Selfie with Green UP"

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day
9.26 cr saplings planted in UP on Independence Day. Flickr

Uttar Pradesh surpassed its own target of planting 9 crore saplings in a single day when by end of Wednesday, 9.26 crore saplings were planted, an official said on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, soon after the record was breached, congratulated officials over the feat.

Briefing reporters on the success, Minister of Forests and Environment, Dara Singh Chauhan said at the last count, 9.26 crore saplings had been planted across the state and the number was likely to go up when a final headcount will be done within a day.

Adityanath planted saplings at Kusmahi forest in Gorakhpur while Governor Ram Naik planted a sapling at the Gomti riverfront in the state capital.

Sapling Plantation
A plantation drive in Ghaziabad.

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a “Selfie with Green UP”, a campaign which was an instant hit, with many social organisations, schools and even bureaucrats clicking selfie pictures with plants.

MPs, legislators, women, youth, public representatives and NCC cadets also participated in the plantation drive that went on through out the day, officials told IANS.

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Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) S.K. Upadhyaya said that the last date of the ‘selfie with green UP’ campaign would go on till August 20, after which the best selfies would be selected and awarded at district level. (IANS)