Dehradun, May 19 (PTI) Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat today launched the first phase of a massive tree plantation drive along Rispana river here as a step to revive it by initiating pit-digging work for the campaign.

Attending the pit-digging work as part of the drive, he said the massive response from people was an indication of its success.

Mission Rispana to Rishiparna is not a government programme, but a social initiative and every individual has to make their contribution to it, the chief minister said, adding, “A mission like this cannot be successful without people’s participation.” District Magistrate of Dehradun S A Murugeshan said under the Rishiparna rejuvenation mission, a target of digging about 2.5 lakh pits from Landhaur Shikhar Fall to Motharwala-Daudwala area by the end of June has been fixed.

More than 40 government and non-government organisations, and over 8,000 volunteers, school students and people participated in today’s programme, he said.

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