Gurugram: 'I am Gurgaon' carries out plantation drive to conserve environment
With an aim to preserve environment and create awareness among the citizens, a city based NGO, I Am Gurgaon, carried out a massive plantation drive at Khushboo Chowk. The main purpose of this drive was to emphasize the importance of planting native trees to curb the rising pollution across the city.
More than 700 children from various schools including Pathways School, The Shri Ram School, Heritage Xperiential Learning School enthusiastically participated in the drive. The children were taught about the significance of Aravalli forest, need to protect it and importance of planting native species especially to recharge the depleting water level of the city.
Children were given a demo on how to plant a sapling so that its survival rate increases. They even planted saplings after demo.
A total of 1185 of 17 varieties of native trees including Pahadi papad, Khirni, Kala sirus, Dhak, Bistendu, Moringa, Jhinjheri, Gundi, Dudhi, Harsingar, Gangeti, Securinega, Marodphali, Adusa and others were planted during the drive.
Anjali Khatri, a member of I Am Gurgaon said, "The Aravalli which used to act as the green barrier is no longer preventing the extreme weather due to rampant exploitation. We are planning to plant more native trees in Aravalli in a phase wise manner and will ensure that they are maintained as well. This is part of our MillionTreesGurgaon campaign. With this we want to bring change and improve the depleting forest cover in the city."
MCG Councillor RS Rathee, Latika Thukral, Co-founder of I Am Gurgaon, Namrita Choudhary, Smita Ahujha were present during the drive.