Striving to augment the green cover of the City Beautiful, the UT Administration would plant nearly 2,50,000 saplings in the city during this year under the Greening Chandigarh Action Plan 2012-13.
A timeline for plantation and active contribution of Green Task Force would also be followed like the current fiscal year 2011-12. The City Beautiful with the total area of 114 sq km has a green cover of nearly 26.78 sq km (excluding Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary) that makes the Le Corbusier Ville Verte (green city) Chandigarh, one of the greenest and beauteous cities in the country.
“Persisting in their endeavour to increase and maintain the green cover of Chandigarh, the administration targets to plant 2,50,000 saplings in Chandigarh under the Greening Chandigarh Action Plan 2012-13. During the current fiscal 2011-12, the UT Administration had planted 2,30,000 saplings across the city,” said Santosh Kumar, Chandigarh conservator of Forests-cum-Chief Wildlife Warden while talking to The Pioneer.
“Under the plan, extensive tree plantation drives throughout the year would be carried out by the UT Forest Department in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation, UT Engineering Department, Horticulture Department schools, colleges and various NGOs,” he said.
The Greening Chandigarh Action Plan 2012-13 was released by KK Sharma, Adviser to UT Administrator on Wednesday.
On the occasion, The Sector 26 Butterfly Park was also inaugurated on the occasion and opened to the public. Spread over 7 acres, the park have more than 50 species of host plants and nectar plants to attract butterflies. One of the main attractions is the butterfly conservatory which ensures that visitors will be able to sight nearly all the varieties of butterflies.