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In a single day, the residents in Dehradun came forward to plant more than 2.1 lakh trees. It is for the first time that such a large number of trees have been planted in one district. The plantation drive lasted for 10 minutes, from 9 am to 9:10 am.

This very feat has made also made it to the record books.

On July 21, this much-needed plantation exercise was conducted in 36-gram panchayats and it covered 15 wards of the district- Ranipokhri, Doiwala, Thano and other areas that were near the forest.

It was a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative by Hero MotoCorp. The officials told that the record has been verified by ‘Asia Book of Records’ and ‘India Book of Records’. Adding to this they also mentioned that this event has also been officially registered under a novel record and was placed under their new category “Maximum families participating in a tree plantation drive’.

Pervez Ahmed, the adjudicator from Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records, handed over a provisional certificate in acknowledgment of the new record to Vijay Sethi, Head CSR, Hero MotoCorp.

Also, on Wednesday, 24 July, TOI team went to the area and spoke to the families who participated in the drive. A resident of Thano area, Sunil Joshi told TOI about residents who took part in the activity.
“We planted around 800 trees in one spot and over a thousand more at another. It feels good to get an appreciation for this activity in the form of a record having been set.”

Our CSR programs are designed to have a positive impact on as many lives as possible. A large part of our CSR initiatives goes towards meeting our environmental aspirations, as part of which we have planted over 14 lakh trees across the country since 2015,” said Vijay Sethi.

With World Nature Conservation Day knocking at our door, this was a much needed refreshing move and will definitely inspire millions to come forward and make our beautiful earth greener!