Javadekar met people at the 'Vetal tekadi' hill and interacted with a group of environment-conscious citizens discussing issues of bio-diversity protection, plantation and erosion of green covers.

The citizens also spoke to Javadekar about issues relating to an increased construction activity in and around Pune and its depleting forest cover.

On the occasion, the Minister also launched a mobile application ‘SarpMitra’, which will help in case of snake rescues.

"Met wt Pune Morning walkers in a first of its kind Janata Darbar/ Tekdi Darbar, listened to peoples' suggestions,” Javadekar said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

"1000s (SIC) of people were present today morning at Tekdi (hill) Darbar, gave their suggestions to increase forest cover," he added.

Javadekar further said the government's approach was to increase the participation of people to make the cities greener.

"Our Government's approach is to ensure wider participation of people in making cities greener," he said.

"Launched Mobile #App "SarpMitra" in d morning; App ll sensitize ppl abt SNAKE WORLD & provide help in Snake Rescue," he added.

Officials said Javadekar patiently listened to the suggestions during the meeting which went on for over half an hour and assured the people that the government will look into them.


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