Monday, November 29, 1999

Gurgaon authorities launch drive for greener Aravalli

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Gurgaon, June 18 -- In another initiative to save the greenery at the Aravalli hills, the district administration has started roping in the social organisations to launch massive plantation drive on the 250 acres of Aravalli stretches in Manesar, some 20 km from the city. The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon recently opened a biodiversity park on the Aravalli terrain near DLF. Besides planting lakhs of saplings, the drive also aims at setting up rainwater harvesting systems and reviving water bodies on the Aravalli hills. Deputy commissioner of Gurgaon R.K. Kataria said the barren patches on the hills that have lost green cover were being identified with the help of the satellites imageries received from Forest Survey of India (FSI) in the Manesar region. "We have already talked to a number of social organisations that have volunteered to launch plantation drive on the Aravalli hills in Manesar. We have also asked them to set up water-recharging systems. We would offer them the logistic support in the form of saplings and other paraphernalia," Kataria said. Some of the major organisations that have volunteered are Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeet, managed by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, New Delhi, and the Manesar Industries Welfare Association (MIWA). Amina Sherwani of the MIWA said the eight km of the Aravalli mountain range was in the Manesar village and there were ample opportunities of initiating a green drive.She said besides planting saplings, the organisation would also revive water bodies and construct retainer walls around them for conserving rainwater. "The same water could be used for watering the saplings," she added.

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