Banskantha district is aiming at a world record by planting 11.11 lakh saplings in a single day. On August 30, the last Monday of holy Shravan month, all 12 talukas, taluka panchayats, gram panchayats, religious places, schools, colleges and co-operative organisations in the district will go for the world record. Addressing a press conference, district collector RJ Patel said, “The collection of saplings is being done and digging of ditches started since launch of Van Mahotsav on August 16.” He said, “Such a Herculean task cannot be accomplished without public participation. We are fortunate to receive the active support and co-operation of the people in bringing about greenery in the drought-prone district of Banaskantha,”
Banas, the largest dairy in Asia, has vowed to grow over four lakh trees on the premises of 1,400 milk collecting centres in the district. “We have instructed all our milk collecting centres to ensure that they collect the saplings through forest department,” said S S Chaudhri, managing director, Banas Dairy.
On July 31, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation had claimed to having planting 9.19 lakh saplings in a day in association with the forest department. The earlier record was in the name of Pakistan which had planted five lakh saplings in one month, he added.