Include rare plants in plantation drive, Rajnath Singh tells NDMC
With an aim to ensure that rare plants are also included in the plantation drive of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh planted a sampling of Rudraksh tree at his official residence at Akbar Road.
The Council also planted a total of 86,000 saplings planted on Saturday in various parts of New Delhi.
Appreciating NDMC green initiative, Singh stressed upon the need to take more efforts towards decreasing pollution levels and maintaining the ecological balance in the Capital.
NDMC Chairman Naresh Kumar said that in the last four weeks the civic body has planted over 7,00,000 saplings against the target of 10,00,000. These include different species of fruits, flowers, herbals, timbers and shrubs. "The agency has achieved 70 per cent of its target to increase the green cover of NDMC area from 48 to 50 per cent," he said.
Diplomats of various countries including Russia, China, Indonesia, Belgium, Vietnam, Greece, Egypt, Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Hungry, Sudan, Serbia, and Denmark have also planted saplings of various species of trees in their official premises.
A senior NDMC official said that among the saplings planted by diplomats were orchids, Red Cotton, Dwarf Marigold, Badalia, Callistemon, Bottle Brush, Silver Oak, Zapata, Achras Zapota, Ziziphus Mauritiana, Morus Alba, Neem and Ashok.