Jamshedpur, July 18: A massive plantation drive was held in East Singhbhum district on Monday, July 18, wherein 179,406 saplings were planted across district in one hour against the target of 1 lakh saplings.
The drive was kicked off at 10 a.m. at Ghorabandha Theme park where 1600 people jointly planted 26,395 saplings.
Responding to an the appeal of district deputy commissioner Amit Kumar’s ‘Ek Ghanta Ek lakh Ped’ program, around 400 workers from the forest department, 100 members of civil defense, 128 members along with four ambulances from Red Cross Society, 167 JAP and district police jawans, 650 students, 52 teachers from 13 schools comprised the 1600 people who cooperated in making the event a grand success.
About 25,000 saplings of various species including ashoka, arjun, sheesham, sagwan (teak), and gulmohur were planted at the Ghorabandha Theme park.
The saplings were provided by the forest department free of cost. The plantation drive which began at 10 a.m. continued for one hour till 11 a.m.
East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amit Kumar, Dhalbhum SDO Suraj Kumar, senior SP Anoop T Mathew, divisional forest officer Saba Alam Ansari, members of Indian Red Cross Society’s East Singhbhum unit, school children and representatives of various NGOs participated in the hour-long plantation drive. The deputy commissioner and senior SP began the drive by planting saplings of bottle palm trees at the park.
“We are really happy to see the overwhelming response. People especially students were excited about the plantation drive organized in such a massive scale for the first time.
We have set a target of planting 1 lakh saplings in the district during the one hour-long drive. Apart from forest department we need public participation to conserve and take care of the saplings,” said the deputy commissioner soon after the plantation drive.
He added that around 6,000 locations were identified in the entire district where the plantation took place today.
Dhalbhum SDO Suraj Kumar said the objective of the plantation was to ensure maximum participation of people and give out a message about increasing green cover.
He said that they have given a message to the appreciate nature and the environment around them, with more importantly the need to conserve it.
DFO Ansari said that the idea is to propel the drive to conserve environment. “As per the records Jamshedpur has 29 percent green cover against the actual requirement of 33 percent of the geographical area of a city under the National Forest Policy, 1988. Today’s plantation drive would definitely help in increasing the green cover,” he added.
Various corporate houses also organized separate plantation programs. Tata Steel and its subsidiary Jusco organized plantation drive in as many as 18 places planting around 10,000 saplings of various plant species.
Tata Steel vice-president (Corporate Services) Sunil Bhaskaran and Capt. Dhananjay Mishra, senior general manager of Jusco, took part in a plantation drive organized near Swarn Vihar on the Marine Drive. About 1,000 saplings of various plant species were planted during the hour-long drive between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.