The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) has launched its ‘Re-green post Amphan’ programme in New Town. As part of the programme, around 10,000 saplings will be planted on vacant plots across the township in the next one month.
The initiative was launched on Saturday. Trees of various species were planted on vacant plots at six places with permission from the plot owners. Once the owners start work on the plots, the planted trees will be shifted elsewhere.
The plantation programme will involve citizens while tokens will be given to residents for the plantation of each tree, said an official.
“After Cyclone Amphan, it was planned to utilize the empty plots for re-developing the greenery that was damaged. This will prevent the growth of weeds, accumulation of garbage and formation of water puddles where mosquitoes breed. This month-long programme will not only help in greening the township but will also help in taking effective weed- and dengue-control measures,” said an official.
Amphan damaged a total 4,959 trees in New Town, while 4,489 of them could be restored. The authorities also launched a page (Greening at New Town) on social media, where residents of New Town can post photographs of the plantation.
Source:Times of India