Armed forces launch mission 'Greening India'
Chandigarh, July 8: An overwhelming number of defence personnel and their families came out to plant saplings in and around the military and air force stations today to mark the unveiling of the official medals of the 4th World Military Games with 100 days to go for the grand event scheduled to be held at Hyderabad later this year.
At the Chandimandir military station, nearly 4500 saplings were planted by the army officers, JCOs and others along with their families under directions from Lt Gen Daljeet Singh, GOC-in-C, Western Command.
During the drive, part of the nationwide mission 'Greening India' launched by the armed forces today, special emphasis was laid on plantation of fruit trees such as jamun, guava, litchi, ber, amla and chikoo. Besides, saplings of Gulmohar, bottle brush and Ashoka were also planted.
On the occasion, the Station Commander Brig P S Rathee, also inaugurated the water conservation project inside the military area, which involves creation of a water pond by harnessing water from natural streams. The pond will be a boon to the wild animals such as deer, neel gai, wild boars and other fauna of the area. The project also includes planting of trees in a natural habitat.
At 3 BRD (Base Repair Depot) Air Force, Air Commodore R K Srivastava, Air Officer Commanding (AOC) along with a large number of other air warriors planted saplings of Gulmohar trees. The station plans to plant nearly 10,000 plants of different varieties over a sustained drive in the coming week in the technical and domestic area of the campus.
Group Captain J Chandrashekar, Station Commander, 12 Wing Air Force was joined by senior air force officers of the station and a large number of school children from the Air Force and Central schools in the tree plantation drive launched in the public park opposite the Sector 47 Kendriya Vidyalaya, an official press release said here.