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DC takes Hariyali Shapath, dist admin to launch plantation drive  

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Jamshedpur, June 27: East Singhbhum district administration has decided to launch a massive tree plantation and nurture drive in July.

Deputy commissioner Amit Kumar on Monday took ‘Hariyali Shapath’ (green oath) along with other administrative officials for tree plantation and nurturing at the district collectorate.

Kumar said that following instructions from the state government a massive plantation drive will be launched in July. After monsoon, the local urban bodies (Jamshedpur notified area committee, Mango notified area committee and Jugsalai municipality) will be directed to ensure regular watering of the plants.

Incidentally, during the ‘Hariyali Shapath’ the administrative officials took a pledge to plant and nurture five trees and plant five trees to celebrate children’s birthday and use water and electricity judiciously.

The deputy commissioner Amit Kumar, who assumed charge last week, also said that a meeting would be held with special officers of the local urban bodies soon for strict implementation of the provisions of Section V of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, which bans manufacture, sale, storage and usage of plastic bags.

The principal Act was amended in 2008, which increased the thickness of plastic bags from 20 microns to 40 microns.

It may be mentioned that on the eve of World Environment Day, CM Raghubar Das announced that the state government will launch tree plantation drive across Jharkhand. Das himself participated in a drive at Chakulia.

Addressing the media he said he is concerned over the green cover city and has planned to embark on a green drive. If everything goes as planned within few months will witness plantation of trees, landscaping activities.

The CM said that the plantation campaign will be organized on the lines of Yojana Banao Abhiyan. He asked all the government officials and public representatives to plant saplings across the year.

The green cover in Jamshedpur is 26.8 percent of total area (probably the highest amongst industrial cities) and already more than 10,000 saplings have been planted in 2014. 

Tata Steel has also decided to plant 50,000 trees for next three years. For every sacrificed tree, 10 trees are being planned to be planted back once the roads are ready.

Taking steps in this direction, Jusco, a 100 percent subsidiary of Tata Steel, along with Tinplate Company of India Limited (TCIL) took up the tree plantation drive in the eastern part of the township.

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