Chandigarh

'Palash Day' celebrated in Chandigarh

July 24, 2018 05:36 PM

Punjab News Express/YS.Rana 
CHANDIGARH: The Department of Forests and Wildlife, Chandigarh Administration in collaboration with Yuvsatta – an NGO celebrated ‘Palash Day ’ at Forest Area behind Police Lines, Sector-26, Chandigarh.

M Arun Kumar Gupta, IAS, Home Secretary-cum-Secretary(Forests), Chandigarh Administration was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Around 150 students from Delhi Public School, Sector-40, Govt. Girls Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector 18-D, St.Stephen’s School, Sector 45-B, Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector-26 and Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector-42 participated in the endeavor. About 400 saplings of palash were planted on the
occasion.
Welcoming the Chief Guest, Mr. Santosh Kumar, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forests, Chandigarh Administration informed that from last year onward each year July 24th is celebrated as ‘Palash Day’ to promote Palash as the State Flower of Chandigarh.
Appreciating the efforts of Forests and Wildlife Department and involvement of young students to preserve the greenery in the city for present and posterity Mr Gupta said that such nature grooves were most important in urban cities like Chandigarh. “Spending time in nature, one feels happierand stressed out,” said. He exhorted all students to plant more trees in this monsoon season so as to contribute in increase of greenery.
On the occasion, students of aforesaid school/college also participated in the ‘Plantation Drive’ by planting saplings. Dr.Abdul Qayum, IFS, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Chandigarh, Mr. Pramod Sharma, Coordinator, Yuvsatta and Mr Kulbhushan Kanwar- Environmentalist.

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