In order to make Puducherry a clean and green city, Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi has announced a slew of measures. The latest one is committing various government departments to the goal of planting 2,02,000 tree seedlings by October 2.
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The Lt. Governor has also directed that only indigenous species of tree seedlings will be planted during the current year. These include Thespesia (Indian Tulip tree), Pongamia (Indian Beech) and Azadirachta indica (neem).
At the same time, a proposal to set up four arboretums — one each in Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam, has also been mooted.
A former IPS officer and BJP leader, she said the tree sapling plantation campaign will involve the Chief Minister, Ministers, MLAs, NGOs, Rotary and Lions Clubs, eco clubs, students, Women Welfare Associations and residential welfare associations and NSS, NCC, Scouts & Guides.
While the manpower will be pooled among the line departments, the site selection and seedlings preparation will be done by the Forest Department.
Earlier on World Environment Day, she had also joined hands with civic workers to take up the ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan.’
Bedi has appealed to the public to start planting activities by availing seedlings from the Forest Department and also share photographic evidence to promote green Puducherry. She wants to see Puducherry getting the national for cleanliness and greenery.
Bedi assumed charge as Lt Governor of Puducherry on May 29, and since taking over, she had been announcing various measures, including those to check crimes and corruption, for improving the functioning of the Union Territory administration.