Drive for roof-top forestry launched

LudhianaPosted at: Sep 30, 2017, 12:50 AM; last updated: Sep 30, 2017, 12:50 AM (IST)GREENER HOMES

Punjab Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot flags off auto-rickshaws fitted with loudspeakers which would play messages in villages appealing to farmers not to burn stubble. Photo: Ashwani Dhiman

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29

A campaign was launched by Punjab Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot to increase greenery in the city. He appealed to people to make their homes greener by planting more trees.
He said, “The Punjab Government has formulated a special plan to help make the industrial city greener under which plants and saplings in planters will be made available to residents for growing on rooftops.” The minister was here to discuss how to make city greener with officials of the administration.
“The Punjab government wants that development in the city takes place in a planned manner. The roof-top forestry will be developed in the city. Under this scheme, plants will be provided along with planters to residents free of cost ,” he added.
“Under the scheme, an application will have to be submitted to the Forest Department and plants will be made available within a month. These plants will include ornamental, fruit, medicinal and other varieties,” the minister said.
“While distributing plants, economically weaker sections (slum areas) and densely populated areas will be given special consideration in order to enhance greenery. Saplings will be planted on both sides and in road medians, in a planned manner,” he added. 
 “Trees planted in between road medians cannot be cut according to instructions of the National Green Tribunal. These will be marked with white colour to prevent road mishaps during the night,” he said. 
He also appealed to panchayats to send proposals to the Forest Department for developing vacant Shamlaat land into green areas. 
 “It has been noticed that roadsides trees, plants…

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