Mumbai: On the occasion of World Environment Day, the 136th Regional Army (Environmental) has launched a campaign in Pune to plant 1.5 lakh saplings and scatter one lakh seeds (seedballs) in the open. Due to this campaign, more than 100 hectares of land in various parts of Pune will be converted into green areas.

Similar activities have already been undertaken in Pune and are underway at Bombay Engineering Group (Dighi), College of Military Engineering (Khadki), National Defense Academy (Khadakwasla), COD (Dehu Road). The campaign includes planting 1.5 lakh saplings, scattering more than one lakh seedballs on the ground and constructing a 2500 sq m reservoir capable of storing 12.2 lakh liters of rainwater. The campaign will be conducted during the current monsoon season.

2-3 lakh saplings are planted every year in various cantonments (camp areas) in 11 states of Southern Command. The 136th Regional Army has started its work in more than 200 hectares of land in an important afforestation drive in various parts of Maharashtra, increasing its initial planting capacity from 40,000 to over 2 lakh.  

As part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence, Lt. Gen. JS Nain, Chief of Southern Command, has launched various environmental conservation initiatives under “Vision 75 Star”. Such environmental protection initiatives have become very much needed in the present times and it is very important for every citizen to make a positive contribution in environmental protection and conservation and strive for the safe and better future of our future generations, said Nain on the occasion of World Environment Day.