NEW DELHI: To expand the green cover, New Delhi Municipal Council has decided to double the number of saplings that it had planned to plant in the ongoing monsoon season in its areas.
The NDMC said that about one lakh saplings will now be planted in its area, double than the earlier target of 50,000.
"The target of tree plantation has now been increased to one lakh during the current rainy season. I hope that the drive will improve overall environment in NDMC area and the green cover will be expanded," civic body Chairman Naresh Kumar said at the launch of the third phase of ongoing plantation drive.
During the first two phases of the drive, which was launched last month, over 46,000 saplings have been planted and today 38,000 saplings were planted.
"To make the programme a success, the whole NDMC area has been divided into 14 zones and huge manpower has been deployed. A large variety of flora including Molshree, Ficus Bush King, Cycus Palm, Ficus Panda, Chandini, Neem, Jamun, Kusum, Ashok trees and saplings are being planted in different parts of the city," Kumar said.