Mohali: Considering many fold benefits of trees & to celebrate 71st Van Mahotsav Day, a tree plantation drive was organized at Aryans Group of Colleges, Rajpura, Near Chandigarh under the initiative of Punjab Government. Over 400 saplings of fruits & medicinal plants were provided by the Forest and Wildlife Protection Department, Patiala & were also planted during this Drive at Aryans Campus. Ms. Vidya Sagari, IFS, District Forest Officer inaugurated the drive. Dr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group presided on the occasion.
Ms. Vidya Sagari while speaking on the occasion said that trees are very important for our life. We cannot even imagine our life without trees. They not only provide us oxygen, but also provide food to eat. Trees play an important role in keeping our environment safe, so we all have an obligation to understand the importance of trees and we should plant more trees.
She further said that the under the initiative of State Government, Forest Department is working to make Patiala clean and green and urged everyone to plant trees on vacant land. She further added that if any school, college, panchayat and NGOs need help for plantation, then the department will definitely help them in conducting tree plantation drives, she added.
Dr. Anshu Kataria while speaking said that trees not only give us shade and fruit but also make the surroundings and premises beautiful. Kataria also mentioned about the environmental problems caused by the deforestation. He appealed everyone to actively participate in tree plantation drives so that Punjab can be made clean, green and pollution free, he added.
On this occasion S. Gurvinder Singh, Range Officer, Sh. Rakesh Kumar, S. Gurdeep Sing; Field Officer , S. Gagandeep Singh, S. Jaspreet Singh; Beat Officers, District Forest Department, Rajpura were present. Prof. BS Sidhu, Director, Aryans Group, Dr. J. K. Saini, Director, Aryans College of Engineering were also present on the occasion.