Delhi plans more forests to counter environment pollution
Bengaluru: Delhi is unable to sustain itself, all thanks to the polluted air.
Stubble burning, the chief contributor to the mess, continues to make life miserable for Delhi’s people.
To thwart the negative consequences of air pollution, the forest department has come up with a remedy of creating four forests in the city, giving an impetus to the green cover.
These forests could be ready this year itself, reports Times of India.
Presently, Delhi already has 12 forests.
The website notes that the newer ones will come up at Aya Nagar, Jaunapur, Dera Mandi and Mamurpur in Narela. All will have butterfly zones, cacti gardens, waterbodies and herbal patches.
To make more people make use of the facilities, walking tracks, gazebos, places for performing yoga have also been planned.
“Monsoon is the best time to plant shrubs and native saplings. Work at the four forests is already under way and a couple of them might get ready by the end of the year,” an official said, as quoted by the website.
The other forests that were developed recently include Nasirpur (28 hectares), Alipur (19.5 hectares), Mitraon (35.15 hectares), Taj Enclave (56 hectares) and Hauz Rani (28 hectares), the website further notes.
Stubble burning causes harm to environment:
As farmers resort to burning stubble, it is the environment that gets polluted. From soil to air, everything gets unusable.
Reports add that Punjab is the chief state contributing to pollution. They add that Punjab has seen a 240% increase in stubble burning, emphatically proving that Amarinder Singh’s government has miserably failed in tackling the issue.
On the other hand, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, which are also notorious for stubble burning, have seen a 30% decrease in such acts.
While stubble burning has a disastrous effect on environment, it also has cascading effects on festivals. The NGT has banned bursting of firecrackers as it adds to the pollution.
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Last Updated Nov 10, 2020, 3:17 PM IST