Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday launched the mega plantation drive-“Aame Gadhiba, Sabuja Odisha” at the Kalinga stadium here. The plantation drive will help the idea of making the Hockey World Cup as a ‘Green Hockey World Cup’.
Under the initiative members of Biju Yuva Vahini volunteers will plant over 30 lakh saplings across Odisha in this monsoon season. On the occasion, Patnaik also planted the first sapling at the stadium premises. The planting of first sapling at the stadium assumes significance as it is getting ready to host 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup from November 28.
Requesting all stakeholders to create awareness regarding various campaigns of Government pertaining to pollution and regarding non-usage of plastic items, Patnaik said, “This plantation drives will make our state more green. I repose my full faith and confidence it the Biju Yuva Vahini.”
“I am very glad that the ways Biju Yuva Vahini volunteers have worked tirelessly at Jagannath Rath Yatra and helped clean the Puri beach,” he added.
Around 2.5 lakh Biju Yuva Vahini volunteers will participate in the plantation drive across the 30 districts in Odisha.