More than 50 native plants were planted by the Guwahati Range of the Assam forest department on May 10. The plantation drive is part of the department’s commitment to plant and raise about 3000 trees in the 43 government schools and colleges of Guwahati to mitigate the impact of climate change.
It is also intended to create mass awareness among growing students of different categories. Altogether 10 seedlings were also distributed among the public and the students.
In this continued effort of making the city greener, the Guwahati range observed its third day of the Twenty Point Plantation programme at the ITI Campus under the Kalapahar Beat Jurisdiction on May 10.
The 50 seedlings of native species were planted with the active participation of the students.
Additional principal chief conservator of forests of Lower Assam zone Sandeep Kumar, DFO of Kamrup East division Rohini Ballav Saikia, ACF of Kamrup East Jnana Ranjan Das, senior in-charge of ITI Himani Pathak, Guwahati range officer Pranjal Baruah and Kalapahar beat officer Prahlad Gayan along with forest staff were present on the occasion.
Sandeep Kumar addressed the students and elaborated on the importance of trees in carbon sequestration, groundwater recharge and air purification among others, especially in the urban areas like Guwahati.
He also urged students to be dedicated to plantation and climate change and motivated them to join the forest department in raising the planted trees by providing sufficient protection during the early stage of growth.