The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), under Ministry of Defence, which is one of the premier road construction agencies of the country launched a massive tree plantation drive in the Northern & Eastern states of India yesterday. The plantation drive was organised simultaneously in the Headquarters in Delhi and all its 18 Project across the country, wherein the employees along with the local populace took part in large numbers.
In the BRO headquarters Lt Gen Suresh Sharma, Director General Border Roads (DGBR) leading the drive said that almost two lakh saplings will be planted across the country under this programme. He said “This is one of the biggest ever tree plantation drive undertaken by the BRO, organised with the aim to protect the ecology and increase the green cover along the border areas of the Country.” He further added that apart from planting of the saplings, the most important thing is to ensure their maintenance and care.
The General Officer also informed the media about the plan of BRO to include 1 percent of cost of project in the estimates for greening of areas along the roads. “It is our solemn duty to conserve the flora for future generations,” the DGBR said. This effort is also aimed at saving the precious life and land from soil erosion and consequent flash floods caused by the incessant rains and also to make the people aware about the importance of tree plantation.
BRO also plans to conduct numerous activities to create awareness amongst the people, by way of organizing community participation, competitions for children and by organizing a mini-marathon with the theme ‘Run for the Roads’ in the near future.
It was very heartening to see the active participation by the BRO officials and employees in the drive as they aim to plant 10 lakh saplings in the next two years.