JONAI, Jul 25: More than 60,000 shade trees will be planted along the national highway -15 from Dhemaji to Ruksin gate of Assam-Arunachal boundary covering a distance of 105km.
The district legal services authority (DLSA) of Dhemaji is planning to carry out the massive plantation drive with the help of the Education department from the next month.
In this connection, the Aryabhatta Science Centre of Jonai organized a meeting here on Wednesday, which was attended by the Judicial Magistrate cum DLSA secretary Sujeet Ghose, District Program Officer of Sarva Siksha Mission (SSM) Panjab Doley, the school headmasters, public leaders and environmentalists.
Ghose informed that the DLSA will plant 68,000 saplings covering both sides of the highway within the next month. He urged the teachers to involve all the school children in the plantation drive, who will also look after the growth of the saplings planted by them.
He appealed to all to participate in the proposed plantation drive voluntary, stating that plantation can only save the Mother Earth from further environmental degradation.
“Plantation at both sides of the highway will not only create scenic beauty, but it will also reduce carbon pollution, including carbon monoxide released from the vehicles, that is likely to increase after the opening of the Bogibeel bridge, he said.
SSM Program Officer Punjab Doley sought whole-hearted cooperation from the public to make the effort a success.
Senior citizen Uma Morang, College Principal Dr Sukhalata Phukan, Aryabhatta Science Centre Coordinator Pradip Gogoi and school teachers spoke on the occasion and supported the DLSA’s ongoing move.