Van Mahotsav 2020
Chandigarh, 10th July, 2020: The word “Vana Mahotsav” refers to “tree-plantation ceremony”, which is celebrated every year, in the month of July, to inculcate among the general public the need for growing trees and nurturing them. Due to COVID pandemic situation prevailing in the entire country, no major ceremonial plantation was done to avoid possible crowding by the public. However, to sensitize the citizens regarding the importance of tree plantation, Vanmahotsav-2020, has been launched on 10th July, 2020 by planting tree saplings at Forest Area on I.T. Park Road between Railway Light Point to Kishangarh village chowk under Manimajra beat in association with Central Reserve Police Force, Chandigarh.
Sh. Debendra Dalai, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forests, UT Chandigarh in the presence of Sh. Randeep Sharma, Commandant, CRPF Campus and Dr. Abdul Qayum, IFS, DCF and personnel of CRPF and Forest Department, UT Chandigarh planted forestry saplings. On this occasion, Sh. Debendra Dalai, IFS, CCF, UT Chandigarh also flagged off a Vehicle designed for free distribution of saplings by Forest Department, Chandigarh titled “वन विभाग आपके द्वार” (Forest Department at your Door Steps) during the monsoon season in UT Chandigarh.
Three Vehicles are designed for free distribution of saplings. The timing of the distribution of plants/saplings door-to-door by Forest Department, UT Chandigarh is from (10/07/2020 to 31/07/2020 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM). One can receive up to 05 plants from the department for his/her choice of species without any charges through this moving vehicle. The initiative has been taken to encourage people to plant more plants. The schedule of movement of the Van is available at http://chandigarhforest.gov.in/#whatsnew.
Sh. Debendra Dalai, Chandigarh informed that “Greening Chandigarh Action Plan 2020-21” was released on 05th June, 2020 by Sh. V.P. Singh Badnore, Hon’ble Governor of Punjab & the Administrator, UT Chandigarh in the presence of Sh. Manoj Parida, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator & Sh. Arun Kumar Gupta, IAS, Principal Secretary (Forests), UT Chandigarh wherein plantation targets of various departments/ agencies and the strategies to achieve the desired results has been chalked out. During this year 1,50,000 saplings will be planted in a phased manner on government and available private land and 70,000 saplings are being distributed by Forest Department free of cost to the citizens of Chandigarh.