Dehradun, May 15: To take the initiative towards a greener ecosystem in Ganga Basin to a higher level, it has been decided to plant 10,000 Rudraksha trees in the catchment area of river Ganga. In this concern, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), HCL Foundation and INTACH for taking up a project of 'Plantation of Rudraksha Trees in Uttarakhand' under the 'Namami Gange' Programme on Tuesday.
The project aims at planting Rudraksha trees in the catchment area of river Ganga in Uttarakhand in association with the local community and other stakeholders, it will also help in generating income for people residing in those areas.
While signing the MoU, NMCG Director General Rajiv Ranjan Mishra said, "The Namami Gange Mission aims at providing comprehensive and sustainable solutions for a cleaner ecosystem along the stretch of 97 towns and 4,465 villages on the Ganga stem. The afforestation drive and the Clean Ganga Mission will go hand in hand."
"While the government of India is spearheading the project, a public-private partnership provides the initiative with a much-needed impetus," he further said.
The tripartite MoU was signed in the presence of NMCG Director General Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Executive Director (Projects) G. Ashok Kumar and other officials from HCL Foundation, INTACH and NMCG. (ANI)