Augment ‘smart city’ with ‘green city’ concept: Maharashtra forest minister to builders

Maharashtra’s forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, has appealed to developers to adopt a ‘green city’ concept, in addition to the ‘Smart Cities’ mission, by undertaking tree plantations in and around their projects

Maharashtra forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, has called for the implementation of a ‘green city’ concept, along with the Smart City programme, to increase the tree cover in the state. He was speaking at a meeting with representatives of the construction sector, held to appeal to them to participate in the government’s ambitious plan, to plant 13 crore saplings in July 2018.

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“Builders should make every possible contribution, to implement the concept of ‘green city’ and they should work for large-scale plantation on the premises of and in the surrounding areas of cooperative housing societies,” he said. Tree plantation was not just the government’s responsibility but a public campaign, he said.

In the first year of the BJP-led government’s tree plantation programme, two crore 81 lakh saplings were planted and the number rose to five crore 43 lakhs the next year, he said. “Builders should also adopt a village each, for tree plantation,” the minister said.


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