Sisodia urged the people to plant trees in a bid to combat pollution and make Delhi a clean and green city.
NEW DELHI: With an aim to create awareness about the environment and making Delhi as a clean and green city, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Friday inaugurated the three-day Garden Tourism Festival showing a glimpse of the city’s horticultural variety at the Garden of Five Senses at Said-ul-Ajaib area.
Mr Sisodia urged the people to plant trees in a bid to combat pollution and make Delhi a clean and green city. At the launch of the 31st Garden Tourism Festival at the Garden of Five Senses, he said the practice of gardening and planting trees played a pivotal role in bettering the human-nature relationship.
He appealed to Residents’ Welfare Associations (RWAs) to attend the three-day festival. "Everybody is concerned about fighting pollution and cleaning the air. It can only be ensured by planting saplings. On the occasion, he planted a tree in the garden.
There is a need for organising more such garden festivals at a larger scale to set examples for developing a sustainable urbanised city, the deputy chief minister said.
The festival’s theme in the spring season, is Grow Garden: Save Delhi. The 22-acre garden has more than 325 species of plants. Some of the attractions include court of palm, court of cactii, herbal garden, tree museum, topiary garden, zen garden, aromatic garden and butterfly zone.
The festival will remain open for public from 11 am to 8 pm on all three days. The Delhi tourism department will provide free shuttle service to and fro from the Saket Metro Station.
This festival is being held for the past 30 years during Spring season.
Earlier, Delhi Tourism held this festival of flowers at different places in the capital such as Talkatora Garden and India Gate Lawns.
The underlying theme of this year's fest is "Grow Garden: Save Delhi". The Garden of Five Senses was filled with fragrance and aroma of nature, thousands of blooming flowers, hundred kinds of bougainvilleas and bonsai plants added beauty to the nature.