New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi planted a sapling at his official residence 7, Race Course Road on World Environment Day.
The ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change will celebrate the occasion by planting saplings across the country.
Cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma, along with Prakash Javadekar and Maharashtra Minister for Primary, Higher and Technical and Medical Education and Culture Vinod Tawde will plant saplings in Mumbai at Joggers Park on Carter Road in the eveningÂ on Friday.
Before leaving for its Bangladesh tour, the Indian cricket team will participate in a plantation drive in Kolkata today.
“Boxers Mary Kom and Sarita Devi, billiards player Geet Sethi and hockey player Viren Rasquinha have also pledged their support to the campaign and will also plant saplings,” Javadekar said.
He said that to achieve the goal of more greenery, a new pilot project on urban forestry will be launched in PuneÂ on Friday.
“Seventy acres of forest land in Pune is being compounded and about 4,000 trees will be planted on it. This project will be run through public participation in the form of a memorial garden. People will payÂ Rs.2,000 per tree and that tree will be named after their loved ones.”