| Chief minister Mukul Sangma plants a sapling at Lait Thiepbah in Shillong on Wednesday. Telegraph picture |
Shillong, July 30: Planting trees across various locations in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district crossed the target figure today. While 700,700 saplings were supposed to be planted, the figure was 711,060 at the close of the mega plantation drive.
There were 15,997 people involved in the mega exercise, and the saplings were planted over 907.23 hectares covering eight development blocks under the district, East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner Sanjay Goyal said.
Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma also took part in the exercise at Lait Thiepbah near the Mawphlang Sacred Grove.
The highest number was planted in areas under Mawsynram block, where 76,736 saplings were planted.
Under the Laitkroh block, 40,000 saplings were planted, while in Shella and Mawphlang blocks, 25,000 and 22,000 saplings were planted.
The saplings include varieties of indigenous species like champa, eucalyptus, neem, pine, silver oak, pooma, hoolock, alder and many others, which are suited to the climatic conditions of the region.
Sangma said the Chief Minister’s Youth for Green Campaign was launched in 2012 to involve the youth to conserve and protect the environment, particularly the forest areas.
He said the Mission Green has a broad spectrum of approach for environment protection one of which is community participation.
He urged the village community to enhance green cover within their village by planting trees in empty spaces, barren lands and school compounds.
He also urged the heads of educational institutions to participate in this effort by raising plant nurseries in their schools and colleges to have a storehouse of tree saplings.
Moreover, he announced that the government would embark on Mission Organic under which 20,000 hectare of land has been identified in 2014-2015 for undertaking organic farming.