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                  Chief Editor: S Jafar Naqvi
                      Consulting Editor
                     T.v. SaTyaNarayaNaN
                 ChiEf Coordinator: M.B. Naqvi
                Editorial Coordinator: Syed M K   n a bid to make the national capital city greener and to reduce pollution, the Delhi government

                      Layout & Design             undertook a Mega Tree Plantation Drive on September 8 with an ambitious target of planting five
                        Mohd. Iqbal            Ilakh saplings across 600 locations. Participating in the event were residential welfare associations,
                       Faiyaz Ahmad            NGOs, eco clubs, school students and other city residents, besides municipal bodies and government
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                 New Delhi: +1-11-233 /     The  Delhi  government  had  already  drawn  up  elaborate  plans  for  tree  plantation  during  this
                    110 / 2        monsoon season. In all, a total of 32 lakh saplings were to be planted in this season, of which 15 lakhs
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                                                  At the day-long function children and elders were encouraged to adopt a tree and there was a
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                                               promise of geo-tagging of trees to monitor their growth. About 20 species of indigenous plant varieties
                         Mumbai                were planted at various locations on this special occasion, which was kick-started by Chief Minister
                        02033             Arvind Kejriwal at the Yamuna floodplains. The saplings planted included Jamun, Pilkhan, Gulmohar,
                peepal, Sheesham and Arjun.

                          Pune                    No doubt, it was a commendable effort, which kindled much enthusiasm among the participants,
                        881133             but there was something lacking in the implementation drill, with the result, some basic rules of
                  planting saplings were bypassed.  After the formal inauguration, several workers, mostly untrained and
                                               unskilled, who were employed to do the planting, were doing so without removing the black plastic
                        11302             covers, thereby drastically denying the chances of plants’ survival. And, many of those who removed
          the plastic pouches before planting were discarding the plastic there itself, leaving the floodplains
                                               scattered with non-degradable trash.  It was, however, interesting to see the meticulous care that many
                                               participant school children were taking to remove the plastic before planting the saplings and then
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              J-3, Paryavaran Complex, Neb Sarai,   To monitor the growth of the plants, Delhi government has decided to do geo-tagging (geographical
              IGNOU Road, New Delhi-11008, India  tagging), which however, is a gigantic task, which would require huge manpower and good technical
               Phone : 1-11-2382, 233,  expertise. To quote a senior official of the state forest department, “We are already running short of
                         2388              staff. If we are required to geo-tag each and every tree and handle the data of lakhs of trees, we would
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                                                  Meanwhile,  as  part  of  fauna  conservation  in  the  highly  polluted  national  capital,  a  team  of
                                               environment experts are working out a novel plan of creating corridors that would provide a safe
                       Subscription            passage for butterflies to travel across one park or garden to another. Experts from the Delhi University
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                2 Years Rs. 180/- by Normal Post  maintain a healthy gene pool for the species, necessary for their survival.
                        Rs. 20/- by Courier     The corridor idea came in the wake of a programme last year to count and photograph butterflies
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                      Single Copy  in India : Rs. 100/-  programme as part of the “Butterfly Month.” It was probably for the first time that such a venture was
                   Single Copy Cost for Overseas : US$10  witnessing citizens’ participation. The teams recorded as many as 81 butterfly species of different
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                                               sizes, colours and patterns.
                                                  Experts conceived the idea of Butterfly “corridor” or “highway” since the capital city, which is a
                 Printed, published and owned by  big polluted “dust bowl”, hardly provides a hospitable environment for the survival of these delicate
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                     Okhla Industrial Area        Even though Delhi has a variety of seasonal flowering plants, experts say, not all of them are
                 Ph-I, New Delhi - 110 020, and  preferred by butterflies to lay eggs. They have prepared a list of plants and shrubs which can be
                 Published from A-, 1  Floor,  planted in identified areas like roadsides, residential homes,  educational institutions and government
                   Freedom Fighter Enclave,    campuses and thereby give a new lease of life to  preserve this species of beautiful creations of nature
                        Neb Sarai,             that have important roles to play in our ecosystems.
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