MSN's 8 green cities of India
This is one city that can be a leading example when it comes to being environmental friendly (and a lot of other things as well, actually) and it very appropriately is known as the Green City of India.
Living up to its reputation of being the greenest city in India, Chandigarh's green cover has increased to 38.5 percent in 2009 from 35.7 percent in 2006 says the latest state forest survey report. From 1991 to 2007, nearly 17,000 trees came under axe in this city but during the same period the city planted over 21 lakh trees.
Under the Greening Chandigarh Action Plan 2009-10 of the forest department, Chandigarh has decided to plant at least 69,581 trees and 48,406 shrubs by March next year. The credit for the increase of trees and forest cover in the city easily goes to eco clubs started in educational institutions.
Most of Chandigarh is covered by dense Banyan and Eucalyptus plantations. Asoka, Cassia, Mulberry and other trees flourish in the forested ecosystem. The city has forests surrounding it which sustain many animal and plant species. Deers, Sambars, Barking Deers, Parrots, Woodpeckers and Peacocks inhabit the protected forests. Sukhna Lake hosts a variety of ducks and geese, and attracts migratory birds from parts of Siberia and Japan in the winter season.