HCL Foundation for mass afforestation, water conservation

HCL Foundation for mass afforestation, water conservation

Agency News

Lucknow, Aug 16: HCL Foundation on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Lucknow Nagar Nigam with the objectives of mass afforestation and water conservation.

The Memorandum was signed on the intervention of Uttar Pradesh government and Lucknow Nagar Nigam on their ''Harit- the green spaces initiative'' by HCL Foundation under its Uday programme.

The MoU was signed by Dr Archana Dwivedi, Additional municipal commissioner of Lucknow Nagar Nigam and Ms Nidhi Pundir, Director HCL Foundation at the Lucknow Nagar Nigam office here in the state capital.

Under the agreement, the HCL will engage in mass afforestation of native species in the land assigned by Lucknow Nagar Nigam and plant nearly 100,000 trees in phases and will be responsible for their maintenance. Besides, HCL will rejuvenate traditional water bodies in Lucknow, will exchange state of art scientific and technical know-how with Nagar Nigam and its implementing agencies that may aid the mass afforestation and water conservation interventions being taken up in the locality and develop awareness and sensitization activities about the water conservation, rejuvenation of traditional water bodies, and mass afforestation towards water security.

The HCL will also go for mass communication campaigns for a larger citizen’s action on water conservation, restoration of traditional water bodies and intensive afforestation to enhance native biodiversity.

In other terms of the MoU, HCL Foundation will be a technical partner for water conservation interventions in Lucknow. The responsibility of maintenance of intervention areas post the expiry of the MoU will be with Lucknow Nagar Nigam. A committee consisting of officials nominated by Lucknow Nagar Nigam and HCL Foundation will review the progress on a quarterly basis.

Ms Nidhi Pundhir, Director-HCL Foundation said here on Friday, ''At HCL Foundation, we are committed to ecosystem conservation and restoration. This MoU signed with the Lucknow Nagar Nigam is a step forward in our endeavors towards a greener city.'' "I would like to thank the Lucknow Nagar Nigam for believing in our objectives and giving us the opportunity to work with them to enhance urban green cover and native biodiversity and to restore water bodies in the city,'' she said.