Published On: Sun, Jun 9th, 2019

Taj city’s green push: Over 1 cr saplings to be planted this monsoon

Agra: Come July-August the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department has announced planting of a record 1.02 crore saplings here to tackle a spike in the air pollution figures in the eco-sensitive Taj Trapezium Zone.

Work on preparing planting sites has already begun

Despite the state machineries continued focus on controlling the environmental apocalypse, and planting of several crore saplings last year, little has changed.

Work on preparing planting sites has already begun. The target for Agra city is 28,57,000. Mainpuri, Firozabad and Mathura will also plant lakhs of saplings, according to Forest Conservator Javed Akhtar.

The Yogi Adityanath government’s target for this year is 22 crore. Last year it was nine crore.

Sapna Arora, director of Shri Radha Brij Vasundhra in Goverdhan though proclaimed that saving environment through green efforts is equivalent to saving human lives.

“Saving environment should be equated with saving life on this planet. Environment conservation is responsibility of each one of us and days like these remind us of our duties and responsibilities towards reducing pollution,” she said after initiating a tree plantation drive on the Goverdhan Parikrama Marg.

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