NDTV-Nanhi Chhaan Greenathon
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Greenathon-2 was held this year at various cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkatta, Chennai etc.   The campaign was run continuously for 24 hrs. from 7 PM on 6th March to 7 PM on 7th March.  and was beamed live on all the NDTV channels.  The objectives of the program run this year by NDTV are:

  • Green India by planting as many trees as possible.
  • Adopt the most backward of villages where no electricification has been done under TERI’s ‘Lighting a Billion Lives’ programme and provide them with Solar Powered Lanterns.

Nanhi Chhaan Partnered with NDTV for this program in Delhi.  The program was inaugurated from Central Park by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs. Shiela Dikshit.  She spoke on the occasion and signed on the pledge wall created for this purpose.  Many other VIPs present on the occasion also did the same.

Cultural program in the form of a ballet presented by Shiamak Davar group of alternatively capacitated persons, Music band etc. were also organized and were covered live by NDTV.

On 7th March the program at the Central Park continued with live performances on the stage, signatures by VIPs and general public along with messages and paintings on the Pledge Walls.  Prominent people like Mr. Kalmadi, Chairman Common Wealth Games Organising Committee, 3 National Hockey players including the Captain, Prominent donors to Greenathon and other VIPs visited the site and pledged their support.  All these visitors were given saplings (7500) from the Nanhi Chhaan sapling distribution kiosks.

Simulteneously the sapling distribution kiosks along with a signature wall were inaugurated and operated from Vasant Valley School(1400) and Fortis Hospital(1000), Vasant Kunj.  Many prominent personalities visited the 2 locations, signed on the pledge wall and received saplings. The sapling distribution from these 2 locations continued for a week.

During the tenure of the above program Nanhi Chhaan distributed about 10, 000 saplings along with the Nanhi Chhaan Greenathon pamphlets describing the objectives of the campaign.

Greenathon campaign received donation of Rs. 3.9 Crore with a commitment to adopt 158 villages all over the country for undertaking Greenathon objectives there.

About 7000 people also participated in signing their messages on the pledge wall at 3 locations.