Fazilka, July 29
The local Graduate Welfare Association Fazilka (GWAF) with the support of other associations and individuals launched the "dial-a-tree" service - first of its kind in the country - to carry out plantation drives in a big way on the doorstep of citizens.
Earlier, the town, which has been facing blatant neglect by successive state governments, has made a mark in the field of education, social service and other human welfare activities when various organisations launched eco-friendly rickshaw, set up car-free zone and cyber cafes in localities inhabited by poor people. Three green ambulances would be launched for tree plantation, replacing the dying saplings and treating the injured plants in the town on August 1 to mark the occasion of Anand Utsav, an annual function organised by the GWAF to create awareness among people regarding environment.
"The tree plantation as per the demand will start formally on August 1. The Zamindara Farm Solutions and the Department of Forests and Wildlife Preservation, Punjab, have joined hands with us for making this task a big success," said Navdeep Asija, Secretary (administration), GWAF.
Chandrika Ahuja, coordinator of the dial-a-tree project, said they converted three cycle rickshaws into green ambulances in service to transport and plant tree saplings.