New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has directed all the government agencies to plant 6.7 lakh saplings in the national capital within 21 days under the greening action plan.

A meeting was held at the Delhi Secretariat to chalk out the plan for plantation. The meeting headed by the Chief Minister was attended by officials from NDMC, MCD and 19 other government agencies.

In contrast to previous years, the state government has set a target of planting 6.7 lakh saplings in the capital under the greening action plan, sources said.
Schoolchildren will be taught the importance of greenery and encouraged to plant sapling. School authorities, however, will be responsible for helping the students to plant trees in the schools and parks.

Director of MCD’s horticulture department S S Kandpal said the greenery agency was instructed to plant 1.5 lakh saplings across Delhi.

With thousands of parks coming under its jurisdiction, MCD will also encourage Resident Welfare Associations (RWA) to join the programme.

Meanwhile, Director of NDMC’s horticulture department Shiv Kumar Sharma said the plantation will be carried out in Nehru Park, Lodhi Garden and 67 schools.

Notably, the total area of Delhi is 1483 square km out of which only 26 square km was green till 1995. After the Delhi government’s greening action plan, 299.58 square km was added to the greenery in 2009.