NEW DELHI

Paving the way for a greener Capital

Close look: The Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit inspects work after inaugurating the first-ever paper recycling unit at the Delhi Secretariat in the Capital on Saturday. — Photo: Anu Pushkarna

Close look: The Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit inspects work after inaugurating the first-ever paper recycling unit at the Delhi Secretariat in the Capital on Saturday. — Photo: Anu Pushkarna  

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A first for a State Government office in the country, the Delhi Secretariat here now boasts of a paper-recycling unit. Paving the way for a greener and cleaner city, the Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, inaugurated the unit here on Saturday.

And going completely green, not only will all the waste paper be recycled, but it will also be used in the Secretariat for official purposes.

"Recycling of waste will help not generate the amount of the garbage and will go a long way in helping the environment,'' said Ms. Dikshit during a function held here on the eve of World Environment Day. Installed by Coca-Cola, the Tara Paper Recycling System has been set up by Development Alternatives.

Not just the recycling unit, Ms. Dikshit also expressed satisfaction with the greening drives in the Capital. Commending the State Forest Department for the work over the past one year, she said: ``The Department will take over 45 parks from the MCD and nine streets from the PWD for greening those areas. The land will continue to be under the respective agencies but the Forest Department will undertake the responsibility of greening these areas''.

The Chief Minister mentioned various projects undertaken by the Department like the Asola Nature Walk, Garhi Mandi plantations and Biotechnology Parks that would be coming up soon in parts of the city as she released the "Greening Delhi Action Plan 2005-06''.

Congratulating the citizens and children for achieving a greener Delhi, Ms. Dikshit expressed the hope that the Capital would be soon able to achieve the required target of forest cover. ``

There is an awareness among people that green cover is important. The green culture has developed,'' she said. However, many more objectives had to be met. Despite boasting of the highest number of CNG vehicles in a city, the Chief Minister added that segregation of waste and the disposal of plastics were other issues that needed immediate attention.

Also present were children, teachers and members of various resident welfare associations. Relating their experiences of visits to a water treatment plant and power generation plant, school students stated a desire to conserve the environment. Saplings were distributed to everyone to encourage ``adoption'' of trees.

The function was also attended by the Delhi Environment and Forest Minister, Raj Kumar Chauhan, and the Environment Department Secretary, Naini Jayaseelan.

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