Punjab to create ‘green wall’ around industrial hubsJune 15th, 2011 - 12:30 am ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, June 14 (IANS) The Punjab government has decided to create a ‘green wall’ of forests around industrial cities of Ludhiana, Mandi Gobindgarh, Jalandhar and Batala to reduce pollution levels in these cities, a minister said Tuesday.
As a part of this campaign, saplings of various trees worth Rs.2 crore would be planted around these cities, Forest Minister Arunesh Shakir said.
He said the forestry would provide healthy environment by reducing the level of pollution in these cities.
Volunteers from the public and NGOs would be encouraged to plant trees in these cities, he added.
Ludhiana, the biggest city in Punjab, 110 km from Chandigarh, is known as the ‘Manchester of India’. It is known for textiles, woollens, cycle industry and machine tools.
Mandi Gobindgarh, 60 km from Chandigarh, is well-known for its foundry industry.
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