By Samyukta Maindarkar | TNN
New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday took part in a short trek and launched a tree plantation drive organised by Hotel Maurya as part of World Environment Day celebrations.
Planting two saplings in the Ridge area opposite the hotel, Dikshit stressed on the importance of increasing the green cover of Delhi, and said that the government had created 13-14 reserve forest areas. She said more unused government land is soon to be brought under the green cover by organising a tree plantation drive.
“We will plant more trees in the forests, and also increase the green cover by utilising wastelands,” said Dikshit. She added that the decline in groundwater level in certain areas of the Capital was alarming and the government was bringing a bill to check the misuse of the resource. She urged the gathering to take up rainwater harvesting to recharge the groundwater level.
After the short trek, she inaugurated an exhibition of companies where eco-friendly products like ‘green’ or organic food were displayed.
The group claims to have already implemented many practices to make its hotels eco-friendly. “Our rainwater harvesting project was implemented last year, and the hotel has already seen a gain of 12,000 kilolitres of water harvested from six acres of land, including 2,680 sq m of catchment area, this year,” said Prakash Kumar, chief engineer with the hotel and the brain behind the project. “This water has been discharged back into the earth.”
Apart from rainwater harvesting, all used water is recycled and used for secondary purposes such as irrigation of horticulture land and in cooling towers. | firstname.lastname@example.org
*Originally printed in The Times of India’s Delhi edition on June 8, 2007, in the Times City section