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Green tribute to martyrs, 3,000 saplings planted

Green tribute to martyrs, 3,000 saplings planted

Our Correspondent

Ferozepur, October 6

The district administration has launched a project ‘Green Tribute’ with the help of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL). The objective is to pay tribute to the gallant martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for the sake of motherland.

As many as 3,000 saplings of ornamental trees are being planted on the 11.2-km-long stretch along the national highway leading to the National Martyr’s Memorial, Hussaniwala.

DC Chander Gaind said HPCL, as part of its CSR initiative, had provided a grant of Rs22 lakh for planting 3,000 saplings of amaltas and jacaranda. He said specific stretches on the road had been allotted to various non-government organisations and educational institutions.

Principal-director of Defence Estates SC Kaushik along with Ferozepur MLA (urban) Parminder Singh Pinki launched the drive in the presence of hundreds of school students, NGOs and officials of the Forest Department.

Kaushik said it was a unique way of paying tribute to the martyrs. It would give a loud message for environmental protection and increasing green cover in the state. He said thousands of saplings had already been planted in the Cantonment area and this initiative would add to the glory of this historic place. “Since large number of people come to visit the Indo-Pakistan joint check post to witness the Retreat ceremony and National Martyrs Memorial, it will be wise to add more greenery on both sides of the road to charm the visitors, who come here to pay obeisance in Hussainiwala,” said Pinki.

“It will add to the grandeur and legacy of this ‘Land of Martyrs’ where people have been selflessly guarding the country since ages,” said Daman Singh, CEO of the Cantonment Board. “I think sacred places like Hussainiwala Memorial deserves a better deal, and the least we can do is to plant more saplings here,” said Pankaj Sharma, advocate.

Kanwardeep Singh, District Forest Officer, said his department would provide all help to ensure the saplings develop into large shady trees for which “watch and ward” would be carried out regularly.

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