GUWAHATI, June 8 - In sync with observance of World Environment Day, a team of students from all across the North East planted 550 saplings of different varieties of trees in and around the Housefed complex at Banur in Punjab, a press release stated.
The team of students was led by Basant Gogoi, president of All Tai Ahom Students� Union (ATASU), Kamrup (Metro) District Committee and included Monya Bamey, adviser of Guwahati Galo Students� Union, Kamsi Lamdik, president of GUSSU, Robin Saroh, general secretary of Adi Students� Union.
The sapling plantation programme was held in collaboration with Nagaland Students� Union of Chandigarh (NLSUC). The NLSUC team included Vinoto Shohe, Hitono H Sumi and Kikalong Jamir. The students, holding placards spread the message and importance of tree plantation and how trees help living creatures to survive on the planet earth.
It may be mentioned here that last year on June 5, a similar sapling plantation drive was organised by ATASU, Kamrup led by Basant Gogoi in collaboration with 19 different students� unions of the North East at Nehru Park in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.
Addressing the gathering in Chandigarh, Gogoi said: �We need development, but not at the cost of environmental degradation. While constructing any road or building, there should be a mandatory provision to plant trees. We profusely thank the Forest Department of Punjab for providing saplings, and Kaur Singh and his team members of the Housefed complex for their cooperation in the programme.�
The students� body of the Swami Vivekananda Institute of Engineering and Technology (SVIET), Banur in Punjab also took part in the tree plantation drive.