OWING TO rising temperature and fewer risk of rain within the coming days, the UT forest and wildlife division has deferred the celebration of annual Van Mahotsav to July 12. The Van Mahotsav-2021, a month-long programme, was earlier scheduled to begin from July 8.
The choice was taken after reviewing the climate forecast and prediction of Indian Metrological Division (IMD), Chandigarh. The utmost temperature in Chandigarh was recorded at 40.2 levels Celsius Wednesday. Above 40 levels Celsius temperature in plain areas falls within the class of heatwave. There’s a prediction of 41 levels Celsius most temperature with gentle rain for Thursday.
Debendra Dalai, Chief Conservator of Forest, UT, stated, “All through the nation, Van Mahotsav is being celebrated conserving in view rain. A number of the states begin observing it from the final days of June and sure states/UTs from the primary week of July. Normally in Chandigarh, we begin observing it from the primary week of July however this time we determined to delay it. Heavy rain shouldn’t be anticipated in subsequent three days. The dry season shouldn’t be beneficial for the plantation of saplings, crops and many others. The soil could be very dry lately. Tapwater doesn’t make a lot impression. The plantation of saplings is not going to attain that development which may be achieved with plantation throughout rain. There are predictions that the temperature shall be down and likelihood is heavy rain will happen after July 10. Therefore, the annual Van Mahotsav was deferred.”
Sources stated UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore had agreed on beginning Van Mahotsav from Thursday. Then he additionally gave his assent to defer the mahotsav. The forest division is scheduled to distribute at the very least 60,000 saplings/crops all through Chandigarh. Personnel of paramilitary forces, together with ITBP, CRPF and ITBP, can even take part. A plant distribution car can even be launched.
At the very least 5 crops, particularly medicinal crops, fruit crops of indigenous species, shall be distributed to every individual for plantation at home.
Van Mahotsav, an annual programme being celebrated nationwide, was began in 1950 by the then Union minister of agriculture and meals Ok M Munshi, though the primary Van Mahotsav week was organised by M S Randhawa, a famous Punjabi civil servant, botanist and historian, in July 1947.