New Delhi: Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena has directed all the land owning agencies maintaining parks and gardens in Delhi to plant 101,000 sandalwood trees to monetize its land resource during the monsoon season, an official statement said on Sunday.
The statement issued by Raj Niwas, the secretariat of LG, said agencies like Delhi Development Authority, MCD, Delhi Parks and Gardens Society, Delhi Biodiversity Society and others are advised to complete the work of planting sandalwood trees during the ongoing monsoon season. has been given.
Saxena gave this direction after visiting Sundar Nursery here on Sunday.
Saxena said that apart from adding to the botanical diversity and enriching the general environment, the sandalwood plantations will lead to monetization of government land and create a “huge financial asset” for land-granting agencies in Delhi.
“A sandalwood tree matures in 12 to 15 years and sells for Rs 12-15 lakh, as per the prevailing rates. At this rate, 10,000 sandalwood trees on maturity are worth Rs 12,000-15,000 crore,” the statement said. Expected to come in between.” LG said.
He appealed to the farmers and small land holders besides farm house owners in the city to plant at least four sandalwood trees.
He said that sandal plantation will also generate assets for self-reliance, generate employment and support the Indian sandalwood, sandalwood oil and perfumery industry which depends on import of sandalwood oil and powder in large quantities.
on their tour Sunder Nursery Complex The LG on Sunday recalled his experience of successfully planting 2,000 sandalwood trees last year at various places in Nashik, Varanasi, Gandhi Nagar as well as in Delhi in his previous tenure as the chairman of KVIC, the statement said.
“The LG, contrary to the refusal in certain circles, said that sandalwood trees cannot grow in the climatic conditions prevailing in Delhi and other places in the country, all these trees, including those planted at Delhi’s Raj Ghat, can be planted in a year. Only survived, but firmly rose to a height of 9-10 feet,” the statement said.