A reforestation drive to revive the Jahanpanah City Forest of South Delhi was launched by Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Maken on Sunday.

The drive began with Mr. Maken planting a neem sapling in the GK II- Alaknanda part of the forest area. Also present were DDA officials and members of residents' welfare associations of Greater Kailash- II, Alaknanda, Chittaranjan Park and DDA Flats Kalkaji.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Maken said 3,000 saplings of indigenous plants like neem, gulmohar, pipal, jamun and amaltash, compatible with original flora and fauna of the forest will be planted during the coming year. The plantation exercise will be undertaken and supervised by DDA's Horticulture Department.

Agreeing to the demands of RWAs, Mr. Maken asked DDA to construct a 12-km-long non-concrete walkway along the forest boundary for the morning walkers and nature lovers.

The forest covers an area of 450 acres.

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