Chhattisgarh : Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh today inaugurated ‘oxyzone’, developed in the memory of Ex-President late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, at Kamal Vihar project area by planting a sapling. This oxyzone has been developed over five acres of land in sector-3 A of Kamal Vihar, where nearly 2200 saplings of various species have been planted. Number of public representatives, citizens and school students enthusiastically participated in this plantation drive, organized by Raipur Development Authority under Hariyar Chhattisgarh campaign today. This plantation programme was presided over by Vidhan Sabha Speaker Mr. Gaurishankar Agrawal. In this programme, Housing and Environment Minister Mr. Rajesh Moonat, Forest Minister Mr. Mahesh Gagda, Ex-Speaker Vidhan Sabha Mr. Dharamlal Kaushik, MLA Mr. Satyanarayan Sharma, and Mr. Shrichand Sundrani, Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation Chaorman Mr. Chhagan Mundra, Disable Finance and Development Corporation Chairman Mrs. Sarla Jain, Ex-MP Mr. Shrigopal Vyas and Chief Secretary Mr. Vivek Dhand were prominently present.
As Chief Guest of the programme, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that development of ‘oxyzone’ in Kamal Vihar project area is a part of State Government’s Hariyar Chhattisgarh campaign. He said that State Government has set the target of planting 10 crore saplings in state under this campaign. Series of plantation programmes are being organized with public participation to attain this goal. Dr Singh said that by the time of possession, these saplings planted today will grow into plants, enhancing greenery and scenic beauty of the area. Dr Singh was glad that the oxyzone has been named after Ex-President late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. He congratulated Raipur Development Authority for the thoughtful initiative.
While presiding over the programme, Vidhan Sabha Speaker Mr. Gaurishankar Agrawal emphasized that plants and trees are necessary for pollution control and environment conservation, as they absorb carbon-dioxide and release oxygen, which is extremely important for life. Welcome address was given by RDA Chairman Mr. Sanjay Shrivastava, and vote of thanks was proposed by CEO of RDA Mr. Mahadev Kawre.