Delhi: In a constant endeavor to contribute towards the social and economic development of local communities, Vinay & Ajay Jain Foundation, a PPAP Automotive Limited trust undertook a tree plantation drive at Tugalakabad Biodiversity Park, Delhi. With the mission of creating a greener future for our children and to intensify the green quotient of the NCR, 10,000 saplings of native species were planted.
The National Capital Region of Delhi has the highest annual carbon footprint in the country. Delhi’s annual CO2 emission of 69.4 million tonnes. As per the Central Pollution Control Board data (2018) areas surrounding the Tugalakabad Biodiversity Park like Shadipur, Gurugram, Mundka, Wazirpur, Anand Vihar, Okhla, Bawana and Mathura Road were among the top polluted areas. Regional weather forecasting centre in New Delhi reported the NCR cities primarily receive westerly and north-westerly winds during the winter, while the cities mostly receive easterly and south-easterly winds during the summer season.
On an average a tree seizes a rate of 34.6 pounds of Carbon. The 10,000 native plant species that are planted, have been selected on the basis of the soil and weather conditions, to maximize the effect of large-scale plantation in reducing the carbon footprint. The Tugalakabad Biodiversity Park spread across over 200 acres plays a significant role in the conservation of NCR’s environment by recharging the ground water, improving the local weather, providing recreational value and revive the flora and fauna.
While inaugurating the plantation drive, Mr. Ajay Kumar Jain, Trustee, Vinay & Ajay Jain Foundation said “Our aim is to contribute meaningfully to the social transformation of the communities in which we operate. We hope that the society along with corporates come together to build a better, humane, sustainable and equitable way of life for the marginalized sections of our society and inspire people to make a conscious decision to plant trees and also transform the area to bring back the forests that once existed.”
On this occasion the Chief Guest, Shri. Ramesh Kumar, Chief Engineer, DDA shed light upon the environmental stress and explained the importance of the green cover to tackle this issue. He gave an assurance of DDA’s commitment to make Delhi green through Biodiversity Parks.
Addressing the gathering, renowned environmentalist Prof. C.R. Babu, Emeritus, Delhi University expressed his thoughts on the native species which were planted and how these saplings will support the environment by providing us with clean air to breath and also clean water through an intensified water cycle.
Shri. Arbind Kumar, SE, DDA gave an affirmation that DDA will be extending all support needed in development of Biodiversity Parks. Shri. Sanjay Yadav, Scientist In-charge of Yamuna Biodiversity Park, who graced the event highlighted the need of supporting and protecting the planted saplings so that they grow into trees which will contribute to our greener future.
Dr. Faiyaz Khudsar, Scientist In-charge of Yamuna Biodiversity Park, explained the importance of community involvement in conservation of the green cover and construction of biodiversity parks.
To ensure successful completion of this initiative, Dr. Vivek Chaudhary, Scientist In-charge at Tugalakabad Biodiversity Park promised to nurture the planted saplings.