You Can Now 'Dial A Tree'! Ordering Saplings is Just a Phone Call Away in This Punjab City
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Just like food-delivery applications, seeds are also being delivered to doorstep on demand. Residents of a small town called Fazilka in Punjab can now order saplings online. Graduate Welfare Association of Fazilka (GWAF), an NGO based out of Fazilka, has launched a Whatsapp number, (93031-52123) using which residents of the city can order saplings. Called 'Dial a Tree' callers will be provided with a sapling, a gardener and manure, all free of cost. The initiative is to increase the green cover of the town. Turkey May Have a National Tree Plantation Day After Man’s Tweet on Tree Planting Goes Viral.

The Times of India quoted GWAF secretary Navdeep Asija as saying, "The theme has been obtained from teaching of Guru Granth Sahib, 'Pawan Guru, Paani Pita, Mata Dharat Mahatt'." The NGO tries to provide services within 24 hours. It was launched last month at the city's 8th Anand Utsav. Philippines New Law Asks Students to Plant 10 Trees If They Want to Graduate.

The NGO tries to provide services within 24 hours. It was launched last month at the city's 8th Anand Utsav. The report quoted Bhupinder Singh, a former professor of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Roorkee and patron of GWAF as saying, "There are several spots where one or two saplings can be planted and protected. Keeping this in mind, we conceptualized this." He said that Fazilka does not have enough open and green spaces, hence it is important to plant more saplings. Fazilka is an urban area of 10.4 square km, but with less than 1 percent green cover.

Fazilka is an urban area of 10.4 square km, but with less than 1 percent green cover. During the first edition of Anad Utsav, 1200 saplings were planted of which 600 stand strong today and during the second edition, 2,300 saplings were planted and 1,600 survived. The region is witnessing an increase in tree cover due to community participation. This year, they plan to plant 5,000 saplings in a week.