JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday inaugurated the Jammu Municipal Corporation’s “Adopt-A-Park” program, which will provide local communities, welfare associations and other organizations with the opportunity to contribute to the maintenance and cleaning of neighborhood parks.
No less than 17 public parks have already been adopted by conscious and responsible citizens in different locations in Jammu City, as part of the initiative.
Speaking at the event in Trikuta Nagar, the Lieutenant Governor called on individuals, businesses and other organizations to embrace a park and make a difference in their neighborhood. He said that people’s participation, community support is needed to establish beautiful, well-maintained, clean and litter-free parks.
The Lieutenant Governor affirmed that it is our collective responsibility to build a resilient ecosystem to meet the challenges of climate change. The conservation and protection of trees and plants is rooted in our culture and ancient traditions.
“We must follow our ancient cultural system which propagates environmental protection and speaks of our coexistence in perfect harmony with nature,” he added.
On this occasion, the Lieutenant Governor congratulated Dr Mitali Gupta and the Jammu Municipal Corporation for launching a new revolution with this unique and important initiative. He said Adopt-A-Park is an opportunity to educate every household on environmental conservation.
“Instead of slogans, the conservation of trees and plants should be part of our daily life to make our city more beautiful, pollution-free and environmentally friendly,” he added.
The lieutenant governor said there has never been a more urgent need to revive the environment than today. He pointed out that the Honorable Prime Minister has made many efforts to provide a safe environment for the generations to come and urged the people to make collective efforts for the conservation of nature and its resources.
The lieutenant governor also noted that the J&K government was leading several campaigns in collaboration with schools, non-governmental institutions, village panchayats and urban planting committees to tackle the challenges of global warming and climate change.
“The UT administration has set itself the goal of planting 1 crore 30 lakh of saplings this year and this goal can only be achieved with the large-scale participation of responsible citizens,” Lt. governor.
Later, the Lieutenant Governor honored the teams who adopted parks as part of the “Adopt-A-Park” initiative. He appreciated the efforts of various citizen groups, resident welfare associations for their active participation in this campaign.
A documentary video on various herbaceous plants to be planted in the parks adopted as part of the campaign was also shown.
Purnima Sharma, Deputy Mayor JMC, in her welcome speech highlighted the benefits of transforming parks into herb gardens with facilities such as bookstores and refreshment kiosks for citizens.
Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary of the Government, H & UDD; Dr Raghav Langer, Division Commissioner Jammu; Avny Lavasa, JMC Commissioner; JMC Corporations, members of Civil Society and citizens were present on the occasion.