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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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UP Man Invents A Shredder Machine To Wipe Out Stubble Burning Issue

Gangaram's this simple innovation could help governments fight the menace of stubble burning

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Bicycle-based machine can crush particles of the crop residue and can be turned into compost and farmers will not require any chemical fertiliser. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Even as the Centre and the state governments are trying to find a solution to the menace of stubble burning, an innovator from Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur claims to have developed a cost effective solution. Ganga Ram Chauhan has invented a bicycle-based shredder machine which can crush and grind elements, including wood, leaves and crop remains into particles of less than 80 mm size. These particles can then be easily converted into compost. The machine costs only around Rs 5,000-6000, he says.

“A scientist Mita Tarafdar asked me to develop a machine for zero waste management. Stubble burning was an issue that I had always wanted to deal with. So I developed a bicycle-based shredder machine. Crushed particles of the crop residue can be turned into compost and farmers will not require any chemical fertiliser. They can sell their bio crops and vegetables at higher prices,” said Ganga Ram Chauhan.

Senior principal scientist Mita Tarafdar, from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur (CSIR-NML), said that the machine was kept at the centre and can be improvised to benefit farmers and also check pollution due to the stubble burning.

The 50-year-old Ganga Ram Chauhan constantly keeps innovating and was awarded by the Yogi government in 2018 for his innovations.

bicycle-based shredder machine which can crush and grind element
Fumes of smoke seen as farmers burn straw stubble after harvesting the paddy crops in a field. Pixabay

He had developed ‘bogie-rickshaw’ for school children in the year 2000, and has been inventing many useful machines ever since.

“My father was a plumber in Gorakhpur. I am not a science graduate, but technology and invention run in my blood. I had invented a bicycle which can be cycled very easily and its rear tyre does not wear out fast. My invention was approved by the CSIR- NML Jamshedpur and I was awarded for the same by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth last year,” he said.

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Chauhan said: “I am not good at English and do not know the engineering jargon which makes it tough for me to explain and publicise my inventions.”

But, Gangaram’s this simple innovation could help governments fight the menace of stubble burning and may also help curb the rising pollution. (IANS)