Bindu Shajan Perappadan

NEW DELHI: While celebrating Earth Day on Tuesday, school children in the Capital can look forward to a special gift from the Chief Minister. Introduced and maintained by the State Environment Department, the much loved `Nature Trail’ – a nature interpretation centre with rich flora and fauna – at the Chief Minister’s official residence will now have an addition of native water plants.

A senior scientific officer in the Environment Department, B.C. Sabata, said: “The Nature Trail, which is aimed at imparting environmental education through the interactive mode, is located at the Chief Minister’s official residence and is open to school children.

Bio-diversity in nature

“It houses several species of plants and animals and offers a glimpse of the vast bio-diversity available in nature. School children are welcomed into the area twice a week. We had previously introduced butterfly and peacock gardens in the area and from tomorrow onwards children can have a first glimpse of native water plants that they may have previously only read about.”

“In a city that is fighting a battle with increased concretisation, children often have little idea about water plants. This is our way of introducing them to this wide variety of plants, hoping that they appreciate and get inclined to conserve the environment. As part of the first batch we will be introducing 30-40 plants and will then add to the collection space permitting,” he added. Meanwhile, as part of Earth Day celebrations the Environment Department is also installing solar water heating panels at Shri Ram College of Commerce. Solar water heating systems have also been installed in Miranda House, St. Stephen’s College and St. Columba’s School as part of the initiative.