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Launched 4 years ago, project to plant 3 lakh trees fails to take off


Launched 4 years ago, project to plant 3 lakh trees fails to take off

Anirudh Gupta

Ferozepur, June 9

Project “Green Tribute”, which was launched with an aim to plant 3 lakh trees by the then Punjab Governor, Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki, in August 2015 has failed to yield any result. The trees were to be planted alongthe 13.2-km National Highway-95 from Gurdwara Jamni Sahib in Vajidpur up to National Martyrs Memorial, Hussainiwala.

The project was conceived to pay tributes to the gallant martyrs, who embraced gallows for the sake of the motherland, by planting trees on this stretch leading to the martyr’s memorial.

However, neither the number of trees set in the project was planted nor any concerted efforts were made for the maintenance of saplings planted under the project.

The then Forest Minister, Chunni Lal Bhagat, who was present during the launch of the project, had promised that around 1.5 crore trees would be planted in the state which would add another 3,000 hectares to the existing forest area, but nothing was done.

Ironically, hundreds of saplings are still lying near the spot where the inauguration ceremony of the project was held.

“Had this project been completed, it would have added to the grandeur and legacy of this ‘land of martyrs’ where people have been selflessly guarding the country since ages,” said Dr Satinder Singh, an environmentalist.

“It will add to the greenery and charm visitors who come here to pay tributes at National Martyrs Memorial,” said Pankaj Sharma, a social worker. “I think places like Gurdwara Vajidpur, Gurdwara Saragarhi and Hussainiwala Memorial deserves better deal and least we can do is to plant more trees here,” he added.

Kanwardeep Singh, District Forest Officer (DFO), said since he had joined recently, he was not aware about the project. He said the department had initiated a special drive for the plantation of over 12 lakh trees now under which 550 trees would be planted in each village of Ferozepur district.

He said another 7 lakh plants would be added in the entire forest range, including Faridkot and Moga, besides another 4.5 lakh saplings would be planted in the forest area.

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