DIBRUGARH, June 4 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today made a clarion call for largescale plantation of fruit, flower and medicinal plants so as to make the State a better habitat for the next generation, as also to make it an attractive destination for both domestic and foreign tourists.
Taking part in a plantation initiative of the district administration at Sessa Jokai Chariali, some 15 km from here, the Chief Minister said that trees have to be planted to make Assam green and pollution free.
�Our effort to make Assam pollution free is under way. In the last one year, we have been successful in planting some five crore saplings across the State. Our target is to reach at least ten crore. This year too, the plantation drive will resume from November 5, i.e., on World Environment Day,� informed Sonowal.
Some 800 saplings were planted from Sessa Jokai Chariali to NH-52 (B) on both sides of the road during the plantation drive. The district administration here has undertaken a mission to plant some ten lakh saplings in the district. The plantation drive was attended by several self-help groups, non-governmental organisations, students from nearby schools, besides employees of the district administration.
Saplings were also planted in the nearby Brahmaputra char area and at the entrance to the Assam Medical College and Hospital. A cleanliness drive was first initiated near the AMCH area by DC Laya Madduri, Dibrugarh Municipal Board, Public Health Engineering and NGO Sikun before the plantation drive.
In keeping with World Environment Day tomorrow, largescale plantation is likely to be organised in other parts of the district too, particularly in each revenue circle, Lekai Solid Waste Management Plant area, east Banipur and BCPL.