Delhi to get a million trees

July 18th, 2011 - 9:17 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) After registering a 10-fold increase in green cover since 1997, the Delhi government is launching a campaign to plant a million trees.

According to Delhi government officials, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will launch a campaign to plant the trees from July 23.

“The objective is to strive to achieve the national target of 33 percent of green cover in the city by 2012,” an official said.

Every year, during the monsoon, the Delhi government distributes for free saplings. This has increased the green cover of Delhi to almost 300 sq km, from 26 sq km in 1997, the official said.

The saplings will be distributed in nearly 50 Delhi Metro stations, 51 petrol pumps, 52 CNG stations, 10 major government offices, and at Dilli Haat at Pitampura and INA.

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