IMPHAL, July 2: Commenced from today onwards, HQ IGAR (South) undertook a plantation drive under the banner “Go Green Fortnight” with an aim of saving and regenerating flora of the state. The project aims to reclaim the natural setting of yester years and preserve ecological balance in Manipur. The campaign is planned over the area of responsibility of IGAR (S) from today till July 15 and will cover area around Mantripukhri, Pallel, Tengnoupal, Somsai, Chassad, Shangshak, Keithalmanbi, Thoubal, Kakching, Sajik Tampak and Churachandpur.
A large number of ornamental plants and trees, like Gulmohar, Ashoka Tree, Sagun, Morphankhi, Arjun Tree, Palan Tree, weeping hellion, fruit trees of Jack fruits, Mango, Litchi, Guava,Banana and Jamun, medicinal trees of Kapoor, Neem, Pine, Eucalyptus, Peepal, Generic will be planted during this green drive.
Major General U K Gurung, IGAR (S) inaugurated the event by planting the first sapling. Speaking at the occasion IGAR(S) said, “It is matter of serious concern that the forest cover is depleting rapidly and the plantation drive is a big leap forward towards a greener and eco friendly Manipur”.