Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said his government's tree transplantation policy has helped prevent a dip in the national capital's green cover despite a large number of development projects being undertaken in the city. He said Delhi's green cover has increased from 19.97 per cent to 23.06 per cent after his Aam Adami Party came to power.
"Delhi's green cover should have decreased to 15-16 per cent considering the development works being undertaken... but the Tree Transplantation Policy brought in October 2020 prevented it," he said after inspecting trees transplanted at a site in Mayur Vihar. Delhi's green cover (forest and tree cover) was 19.97 in 2011. It increased t0 23.06 in 2021, according to the latest India State of Forest Report. Delhi's green cover (forest and tree cover) was 19.97 in 2011.
"Our government is sensitive towards saving the environment and a large number of saplings are planted every year. The tree transplantation policy has helped save a large number of trees. Delhi is the first state to implement such a policy. No other state has attempted to do this," Kejriwal said.
Officials told the chief minister that the survival rate of transplanted trees has increased from 30 per cent to 54 per cent since the implementation of the policy.