As Delhi continues to grapple with rising air pollution, Noida authority, in association with residents welfare associations, carried out a massive afforestation drive by planting 1.7 lakh saplings in 28 locations in the city on Saturday, November 17.
Breaking its own record of a single-day afforestation created on August 15 when 1,04,918 saplings were planted, this Saturday, the drive saw participation by resident welfare associations (RWAs), school children, college students and youths besides the general public. Office-bearers of local organisations such as the trade unions and industry bodies also participated, General Manager, Noida Authority, Rajeev Tyagi, said.
Saplings included Jamun, Imli (tamarind), Kadamba, Bel, Neem, Amla, Ashok, Kachnar, Jacaranda, Peepal, Pilkhan, Maulshree, Calendra, Tikoma, Champa, Erica Palm and Lily were. Varieties of creepers and climbers, among others, were also planted, Horticulture department officials said.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had recently revealed in its monthly report that Noida was the most determined to implement measures to tackle pollution among the five NCR cities including Delhi, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Gurgaon.