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1 lakh saplings to make coal town green

Dhanbad: The civic body has launched a massive plantation drive here to combat pollution and revive the beauty of coal town which has taken a beating because of mining.

Various self-help groups and stake holders such as the Federation of Dhanbad Zilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry are supporting the drive launched on Monday.

As part of the drive, the Dhanbad Municipal Corporation (DMC) has started distributing saplings to more than 40 self-help groups in all the 55 wards of the town spread over five circles - Jharia, Dhanbad, Sindri, Katras and Chatatand - to be planted in various areas.

Dhanbad municipal commissioner Chandramohan Kashyap said, "We are also taking the help of the district education department to help us carry out the drive in schools and colleges and other educational institutes." He added that more than 1 lakh saplings would be planted by Sunday.

DMC city manager Vijay Kumar said, "Plantation would be carried out on both sides of roads, parks and on school and college campuses."

"We have procured plants such as Gulmohar, Siris, Neem, Amaltas and Rain tree from the district forest department. The drive is likely to the completed within a week," he added.

Ward 17 councillor Nisar Alam of Wasseypur said, "We received over 500 saplings from the DMC office and have already distributed more than 200 to various stakeholders in the last two days. At present, we are concentrating on planting saplings in households before carrying out the drive on road sides. Saplings were also being distributed to each recipient of LPG gas connection being provided under Ujjwala Yojana".

Rajesh Kumar Gupta, the president of the Federation of Dhanbad Zilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry said, "Although we have yet not been approached by the DMC to help them in the drive which will help in increasing the green cover in the town, we will extend full support to the civic body."

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