Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju instructed all Sports Authority of India (SAI) to increase green cover. In a circular issued to the 12 regional SAI centers, the ministry directed that the indigenous floras to be planted in the SAI playgrounds.
The circular said according to a release, “It has been directed that saplings of trees and bushes, that are indigenous to a particular region, he planted in all the 12 regional centers of SAI and in all stadiums.
The result of the plantation drive is expected to be two-pronged-that of increasing the green cover in the campuses, as also nurturing local plants that are shade-giving and fruit-bearing. Environment-friendly methods like rainwater harvesting will be used for the upkeep of the green cover.”
The circular also said that waste management system should be optimized at all SAI centers. “Garbage will be segregated at source on the basis of biodegradable and non-degradable garbage and special areas will be designated for bio-degradable garbage so it can be used as compost for the plants on campus.”