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Kejriwal launches a mega drive to plant saplings across Delhi

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday launched a mega tree plantation drive by planting a sapling at the Yamuna floodplain in Usmanpur village, with thousands of others joining him in the initiative.

According to the report, the government wants to plant 5 lakh trees and shrubs in the city in a day as part of the drive.

Kejriwal said studies have shown 70 per cent of pollution in Delhi originated beyond its borders, but “this could not be an excuse to avoid tackling the situation”.

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“Apart from a massive plantation, we also need to reduce pollution,” he said.

A large number of school children also attended the tree plantation event held at Yamuna floodplains at Garhi Mandu in Usmanpur. The chief minister encouraged the students to also plant saplings near their house and take care of it. Around 32,000 saplings were planted at the venue of the event, a government official said.

The Delhi government’s Environment and Forest Secretary AK Singh stated that the target is to plant 32.5 lakh trees in the current year. So far, around 15 lakh have been planted, Singh added.

Delhi ministers Satyendar Jain and Rajendra Pal Gautam, AAP MLAs and party leader Dilip Pandey also attended the tree plantation campaign. While Delhi’s Environment Minister Imran Hussaain planted a sapling at his residence.

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