BSF initiates plantation drive in West Bengal to promote environmental awareness
Border Security force (BSF) soldiers initiated a plantation drive by sowing saplings along the Indo-Bangladesh border to promote environmental conservation as a part of a 'Green Mission' on Tuesday (August 19).
The troopers also exchanged plants with the Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB) along the India-Bangladesh border as part of an effort to boost the relationship between the two countries.
A BSF soldier K Ganesh said, "We had a concept of tree of friendship. So, the saplings we are giving, they'll plant there and also, the trees they have planted here, will remind us that they have been planted by BGP soldiers. So, it is a sort of promoting the relationship with our counterparts. We felt great."
Border Security Force soldiers reportedly planted over 100,000 saplings within half-an-hour along the border.
Reportedly, the plantation drive has been conceptualized by the BSF Director General D K Pathak in the hope of reducing environmental degradation and spreading awareness about the need for maintaing and safeguarding ecological balance.
A similar effort was carried out by senior BSF officials at the frontier headquarter, where over 20,000 saplings were planted today.
India's northeast shares a 1,880-km-long-border with Bangladesh.
(Posted on 20-08-2014)