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‘Communitree’ project launched at Balipara to increase green cover

 TEZPUR, July 7 - A new forest conservation project was launched at Balipara today as part of Van Mahotsav Week.

The project titled ‘Communitree’ is aimed at creating awareness and nurturing trees. It was conceived and executed by various organisations, including 134 Ecological Task Force, Balipara Foundation, State Forest Department, Mahila Shakti Kendra, Assam Investment Advisory Society and Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission etc.

Under the project, 2,84,722 trees were planted in 78 villages in and around Balipara. The initiative saw participation of nearly 47,500 people.

The project will enrich green cover and build confidence, tolerance and collaboration between organisations working among forest fringe communities to restore forest and build social mobility in the area.

Ranjit Barthakur, founder and president of Balipara Foundation said that the ‘Communitree’ would generate awareness among the people towards conservation of forests.

“We need many more such projects to save our flora and fauna in the state.” he said.

Through this initiative, the Balipara Foundation along with the other stakeholders will educate the people about the benefits of planting trees in order to reduce air pollution and create awareness on global efforts to address climate change.

In future, this project will be expanded to other areas as well by involving more people.

IN HAILAKANDI: The 70th Van Mahotsav Week is being celebrated in Hailakandi district with varied programmes, our Correspondent adds. 

The Hailakandi Forest Division distributed saplings of different species of trees to government offices, clubs, schools, organisations and NGOs free of cost. A plantation drive was carried out on a massive scale by the forest personnel to extend green cover. 

The forest division is aiming to plant 25,000 saplings during the week-long festival in schools, along the highways, office premises and barren land with a view to giving the district a green makeover. 

As a part of the festival, a seminar was organised by the forest division in which forest officials and environmentalists underscored the need to bring more and more areas under the green cover against the backdrop of global warming and air pollution.

Divisional Forest Officer Dinendu Biswas said in order to increase the level of oxygen, plantation of saplings in a big way is a must. Biswas urged the students to take up plantation drive as a part of their social responsibility. 

Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli along with DFO and Superintendent of SK Roy Civil Hospital planted saplings in the hospital campus on Saturday. 

Following the instruction of the Director, Information and Public Relations, Assam, employees of the District Information and Public Relations Office planted two saplings each in the office complex on Friday. 

Officials and employees of the Hailakandi Municipal Board and Lala Town Committee also planted saplings in their office premises on the occasion. 

Van Mahotsav is a festival that is being celebrated in India since 1950 and is also known as Forest Day. The festival happens over a period of seven days and is celebrated from July 1 to 7.

The festival aims at increasing the green cover of India. The lack of green cover or forests not only harms the ecosystem of the animals, but also disturbs the delicate balance of nature. Droughts and floods are a great indicator of this disturbance.

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