After planting more than 22 crore trees (22.4 cr by late evening) at 12.2 lakh locations in Uttar Pradesh and creates world record in August 9, the 77th anniversary of Quit India Movement, chief minister Yogi Adityanath said the state would plant 25 crore trees next year.
He inaugurated the plantation drive by planting ‘Harishankari’ , which is a combination of peepal, pakar and banyan planted together, at Jaitikheda in Sarojininagar, Lucknow.
On the day, free distribution of saplings in Prayagraj created a world record after it was certified by the Guinness as the largest distribution of saplings in the world. In Prayagraj, till late Friday evening, more than 66,000 trees were distributed free.
The state government would identify and record as ‘heritage’ the trees which are more than 100-year old in the districts, on the lines of One District One Product (ODOP), and take up their conservation with the help of locals. Besides, the endemic tree species of the districts would also be conserved.
Encouraging people to plant trees, Yogi said people should name ‘vatikas’ they plant after national icons and freedom fighters. In every district, Gandhi Udyan, a garden named after Mahatama Gandhi, would also be planted with trees that found mention in the literature related to him.
At Jaitikheda, on the occasion, women were given ‘Sahjan’ trees by CM. The state has planted more than 57 lakh ‘Sahjan’ trees to curb malnutrition in slums and remote localities this time.
The CM said the state created four records on the day. Apart from the free distribution of saplings in Prayagraj and planting 22 crore trees in a single day, 5 crore trees were planted at the same time at different locations and 1.1 lakh trees were planted in Kasganj in the presence of governor Anandiben Patel.