New Delhi: In order to enhance the green cover along the rail tracks, Indian Railway has firmed up an ambitious proposal to plant five crore saplings ahead of the onset of monsoon on land owned by it.
Indian Railways has created a separate Directorate to carry out environment-related activities in a focused manner.
A senior official in the Environment Directorate of the Railway Ministry said, they are finalising the varieties of trees such as Neem, Pilkhan, Jamun to be planted on railway lands including on both sides of the tracks.
The saplings will be region-specific and vary from zone to zone.
Railways will be joined by the Environment Ministry and state governments in the massive drive. Railway official said, his Ministry will sign an MoU with the Environment Ministry to carry out the plantation exercise.
Besides, Railways will also rope in NGOs in the country-wide exercise. The official said, the tree plantation drive will serve dual purpose, an environment friendly exercise as well as preventing encroachment of rail land.