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Plantation drive marks the Queen’s Baton 2010 Delhi arrival in India

The Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi (OC CWG Delhi 2010), as per its green vision and in coordination with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and State Forest Departments has planned to carry out a country-wide plantation drive during the national sector of the Queens’ Baton Relay 2010 Delhi.

 

The greening programme, envisions to create “unity in biological diversity” and to project India as a truly environmentally sensitive nation that is proactively carrying out sustainable development and bio-diversity enhancement.

 

To mark the arrival of the Queens’ Baton Relay 2010 Delhi in India and to celebrate the ‘100 days to go’ milestone event, a commemorative tree plantation ceremony was carried out at Company Bagh, Amritsar in association with the Punjab Forest Department on the 25 June 2010. The plantation activity was carried out in the esteemed presence of Mr. K. S. Pannu, IAS (Deputy Commissioner ); General Paramjit Singh (Additional Deputy Commissioner); Mr. Jarnail Singh, IFS (Conservator of Forest); Mr. Jagmohan Bhanot, OSD, OC CWG Delhi 2010; Mr. Wilbert Samsun, Deputy District Forest Officer Punjab.  More than 200 saplings were planted at Company Bagh. Tree plantations were also carried out by the Games mascot “Shera” and cadets of National Cadet Corps.

 

The drive received overwhelming response from the citizens of Amritsar; people queued at the kiosk set up by the Punjab Forest Department for saplings distribution. As many as 1000 saplings were distributed. The objective of the sapling distribution campaign was to encourage the citizens of Amritsar to adopt a plant and nurture it. The campaign sensitised the general public to prevent the depletion of forests and to protect and expand the existing ones for future generations. The plant species distributed during the ceremony mainly consisted of the fruit bearing native species such as Mango (Mangifera indica), Jamun (Syzygiam cumini), Papaya (Carica papaya), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Acacia nilotica and various other kitchen garden plants.