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Mayor launches “Back to Roots” campaign on World Environment Day


MCC to organize Environment Week from 5th to 11th June

Chandigarh, (Aditi) :- Smt. Sarbjit Kaur, Mayor, Chandigarh today launched ‘Back to Roots’ campaign in a bid to contribute towards improving the environment by involving citizens to join together and make some efforts for tree plantation during “Environment Week” started from 5th June to 11th June, 2022.

The Mayor launched the campaign during a tree plantation programme during which she planted saplings of Camphor tree in the green belt, Bapu Dham, Sector 26, Chandigarh. Ms. Anindita Mitra, IAS, Commissioner, Sh. Dalip Sharma, Senior Deputy Mayor & area councilor, Sh. Anup Gupta, Deputy Mayor, Sh. Manoj Kumar, MC Councillor, senior citizens, local residents and children also planted saplings of various ornamental and medicinal plants in the green belt.

While speaking on the occasion, the Mayor said that the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh is going to organize “Environment Week” from 5th June to 11th June on different themes each day including “Back to Roots”, which has been started today from tree plantation at a green belt in sector 26. She said that approximately 48000 medicinal and ornamental plants/shrubs based on specific themes will be planted over a period of 3 months having varieties with life span of more than 100 years. She said that theme based plantation will be done under the ‘Back to Roots’ campaign in different parks including medicinal plants in big parks and green belts and ornamental plants, trees and shrubs will be planted in neighbourhood parks.

The Mayor said that significance of different trees including their life span and usages will also be publicized among citizens to get benefits from the plants and their involvement towards adopting trees for their safety and upkeep in their surrounding neighbourhood parks.

Citing some examples, the Mayor said that trees like Neem (Azadirachta indica) having maximum life span of more than 200 to 250 years has anti-inflammatory property which helps reduces acne and is a rich source of vitamin E which help repair damaged skin cells etc. similarly, Amla having life span of more than 100 years has antibacterial & astringent properties which help improve the body’s immunity system and is used in a lot of shampoos and conditioners. It also contains high levels of vitamin C which helps reduce hair fall and also strengthens the roots & maintains hair color.

The Mayor said that Camphor, Sita Ashok, Moulsari and other similar medicinal plants having life span of more than 75 years will be planted in the parks by involving citizens of city beautiful so that the City, known as green city will strengthen its roots to save environment.

In addition to that a plogging drive at N-choe & New Lake, Sector 42, Chandigarh was organized by the MCC in collaboration with Yuvsatta NGO, St. Joseph’s Sr. Sec. School, Earth Day Network-India and Riders of Royal Enfield motorcycles during which over 300 Kg of plastic bottles, glass, wrappers and other waste collected during two hour endeavor.

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