Chandigarh,17th June 2021: Sh.V.P. Singh Badnore, Hon’ble Governor of Punjab & the Administrator, UT Chandigarh today released the Greening Chandigarh Action Plan 2021-22’ prepared by the Department of Forest & Wildlife, Chandigarh, in Punjab Raj Bhavan, Chandigarh.
This Plan has envisaged 1,75,000 saplings to be planted during 2021-22. The target of plantation assigned to Forest Department is 75,000 saplings and Horticulture Wing of Engineering Department is 40,000 saplings and Municipal Corporation is 60,000 saplings, along with the targets of free distribution of saplings to the general public in the city. The booklet is available on the department’s website i.e. http://chandigarhforest.gov.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/GCAP-2021-22.pdf .
On this occasion, the Hon’ble Governor appreciated the work done by the Departments and said that the people of Chandigarh, who are traditionally nature lovers, would wholeheartedly support and participate in the endeavor of the Forest Department in preserving the ecological wealth of the city. He further added that today is World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, which is a very appropriate day for the release of this Action Plan for the people of Chandigarh. This Day particularly focuses on turning degraded land into healthy land. Restoring degraded land brings economic resilience and increases food security. It helps the biodiversity to recover.
Sh. Manoj Parida, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator, Chandigarh added that in recent years, global warming showing its adverse effects on us, due to this the importance of trees has been understood and acknowledged manifold. With the invaluable contribution of nature-loving residents of Chandigarh and other stakeholders, Chandigarh has been able to maintain the balance between natural and technological advancements.
Sh. Arun Kumar Gupta, IAS, Principal Secretary (Forests), Chandigarh added that the forests are the source of wellbeing and recreation. In Chandigarh, a forest conserves a variety of flora and fauna, which forms rich biodiversity and plays a vital role in environmental stability.
Sh. Debendra Dalai, IFS, CCF, Chandigarh informed that the City Beautiful Chandigarh boasts to have preserved 46% of its geographical area under forest and green cover. To further increase green cover in UT Chandigarh, Greening Chandigarh Action Plan 2021-22 was prepared for implementation by all the greening agencies. He further informed that today’s day offers a chance to recognize that land degradation neutrality is achievable through strong community involvement and cooperation at all levels. It helps in reducing the impact of climate change and underpins a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the end, a Short Film on Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandigarh was also released by the Hon’ble Governor of Punjab & the Administrator, UT Chandigarh.