The district administration will observe Van Mahotsav on Tuesday by planting 16,140 saplings. Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said while the Chief Minister would launch the mega plantation drive during state-level events, similar drives would be started in the districts simultaneously. He added that the Forest Department had selected 30 locations in the district, where over 16,000 saplings would be planted in a single day. These places include Muthada Kalan village, Phillaur city, Goraya, Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, Phillaur Civil Hospital, Phillaur DAV Public School, Noormahal Police Station, Noormahal city, KV-II, KV-III, Jodhe village, Eidgah, Phase 1 Urban Estate and Dhina, CRPF campus, 91 Sub-Area in Cantt, ITBP, various schools and parks in the city, PAP Ground, area opposite Jalandhar DAV College, NIT campus, Adampur, Bhogpur and Birpind Sidhwa station.

The DC said the drive would be carried out with the help of local NGOs and government establishments.

Divisional Forest Officer Vikram Kundra said under the drive, trees of native species such as shisham, arjuna, drek, neem, kadam, ornamental species, flowering plants and others would be planted. The DFO said the main thrust of the drive was to make younger generations an active partner of the campaign for planting more trees.

Source: 24 August, 2021, The Tribune