The Madhya Pradesh government undertook a massive plantation drive on 2 July 2017 to save the environment and for the conservation of the Narmada River. According to official sources, over six Cr saplings were planted in 24 districts of Narmada basin in just 12 hours.
The day-long campaign was launched by the state’s Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who performed puja and planted saplings at Amarkantak, river Narmada’s origin point. He also took part in plantation drives at Jabalpur and Omkareshwar.
Speaking on the occasion, Chouhan stated that now all the government programmes will begin with plantation in the state and Paudrakshaks will be deployed to look after these plants. He also called upon people to plant saplings on occasions like wedding, birthday and anniversaries.
Chouhan further said that while the world talks of global warming and climate change, Madhya Pradesh has taken a concrete step to deal with it. He said that the people of the state cannot imagine a life without the existence of river Narmada and so, they decided to plant trees on its banks.
•The plantation drive that started from 7 am continued till 7 pm along the banks of the river covering 24 districts of the state
•The arrangement for three Cr saplings was done by the forest department, while the remaining three Cr were provided by other departments and private nurseries.
•Children, youth, men and women, cutting across the barrier of religion and class participated in the noble cause.
•Representatives of the Guinness World Records too were present at different spots to monitor the drive.
•The data gathering process from all the 24 districts is still on hence, the state is yet to reach the exact figure of planted saplings.
Uttar Pradesh currently holds the record of planting five Cr saplings in 24-hours. The state planted the trees in two days (12 hours per day) in July last year.
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