New Delhi, July 4: To keep local people involved in plantation drives and spread environmental awareness ‘Van Mahotsav’ to start its celebration at New Delhi from Wednesday. To mark ‘Van Mahotsav’, Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan will be leading a one-month long drive.
The plantation drive is organised at New Delhi’s Ram Lila Park of C. C Colony, Model Town on Wednesday where Dr Harsh Vardhan will begin ‘Van Mahotsav’ by planting and by distributing the saplings amongst the local residents. Another ‘Van Mahotsav’ is planned at District Park of Paschim Vihar of New Delhi on Thursday.
The people are advised to plant native trees because they readily adapt to local climate, integrate into the eco-system and have a high survival rate. The Minister stressed that this will be helpful in supporting local birds, insect and animals.
‘Van Mahotsav’ had marked its first beginning in the year 1950 with a tree plantation drive in which national leaders participated. Then Agriculture Minister Dr K.M. Munshi started the celebration of ‘Van Mahotsav’ to create enthusiasm among masses for forest conservation and planting trees. Since then the festival was simultaneously celebrated in other states in India.
Van Mahotsav is usually observed in the first week of July every year and is celebrated on different days in different parts of India. The objective behind celebrating Van Mahotsav is to keep local people involved in plantation drives and spread environmental awareness. Dr Harsh Vardhan urged the people to become ‘Green Ambassadors’ and participate actively in plantation drives during the period of monsoon in keeping with the spirit of Van Mahotsav.
Programmes like the screening of short films and documentaries, seminars and exhibition, painting and poster competitions are also organised to mark the occasion.