UT Home Secretary, Shri Anurag Agarwal interacting with the children at the celebrations of Palash Day at Nagar Van (City Forests) behind Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh on Monday, July 24, 2017.

Chandigarh, July 24 2017 (Pooja Goyal) :

 Today, Department of Forests & Wildlife, Chandigarh Administration in collaboration with Yuvsatta and Chandigarh Tree Lovers organized‘Palash Day Celebrations’ at City Forest Nagar Van, behind Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh. Anurag Aggarwal, IAS, Home Secretary-cum-Secretary (Forests), Chandigarh Administration was the Chief Guest on the occasion. 150 students of Delhi Public School Sector 40, Government Girls Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector 18C and Government Model Sr. Sec. School Sec.33D, Chandigarh participated in the endeavor.

Welcome the Chief Guest, Santosh Kumar, Chief Conservator of Forests, Chandigarh Administration shared that Chandigarh’s state flower  ‘Dhak’, is considered to be native to the city, but is now rarely seen here, but this is going to change now as they have made elaborate plans to promote its plantation. In the 100 acre area of City Forest, a special ‘Palash Flower Zone’ is created today with plantation of over 400 saplings by young students. Forests Department is preparing to plant more saplings soon in the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary area and other forest area.

Anurag Aggarwal, IAS, Chief Guest further advocated that from now onwards to further promote Palash as State Flower of Chandigarh, July 24th every year will be celebrated as ‘Palash Day’.

Appreciating the efforts of Forests & Wildlife Department and involvement of young students to preserve the greenery in the city for present and posterity Anurag Aggarwal said that such nature grooves are most important in urban cities like Chandigarh as if you spend time in nature, you’ve probably noticed that you feel happier out there than in here.  We love nature because we evolved in it. We need it for our psychological well-being because it’s in our DNA,  as nature displays incredible diversity in all her glory. And it’s imperative that we all preserve and promote the green forests around us.

On the occasion volunteers recited anecdotes and poems on benefits of living in harmony with man and nature. And for participating students it proved to be an inspiring day to plant ‘Palash’ saplings, spend time in nature and learn about a beautiful ‘City Forest’ coming up so magnificently behind the Sukhna Lake area with not only green cover, but also a gymnasium and play equipment for young and old.

Prominent amongst those who were present on the occasion included PJS Dadhwal, Deputy Conservator of Forests (HQ/WL)-cum-Member Secretary, Chandigarh State Pollution Control Board, Pramod Sharma, Coordinator, Yuvsatta, Manu Vohra of Chandigarh Tree Lovers and Kulbhushan Kanwar- Environmentalist and President of Natural Biodiversity Group(Regd.).

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