Clean UP, Green UP

Tree Plantation

The first plantation drive was conducted in 2015, where the CM planted 10 lakh saplings in a span of eight hours. The second one in 2016 broke its own world record with the planting of 5 crore, 4 lakh, 14 thousand, and fifty eight saplings in less than 24 hours. In the last four years, the total count of saplings planted is 26 crore.

Numerous events to create awareness are also organized throughout the year under Akhilesh Government. Sparrow Day, Sarus Day, Bird Festival, etc. have not just made the people more sensitive about nature but has also spiked interest of international organizations in Uttar Pradesh.

Akhilesh Yadav said, "We will create a green legacy". And from his first day in office, he has relentlessly worked to make Uttar Pradesh greener and cleaner. Under 'Clean UP, Green UP' the Chief Minister has implemented multiple initiatives, which include two extremely massive tree plantation drives, numerous sanctuaries across the state, various solar plants and other sustainable measures.

Numerous events to create awareness are also organized throughout the year under the Akhilesh Government. Sparrow Day, Sarus Day and the Bird Festival, etc. have not just made people more sensitive to nature but have also spiked the interest of international organizations.

  • Free E-Rickshaw initiative was started by Akhilesh Yadav in 2014, where he distributed 10,000 battery operated electronic rickshaws to registered three-wheeler cycle-rickshaw pullers in Uttar Pradesh.
  • E-Rickshaw were given free of cost to encourage more people to invest in healthier modes of transport.
  • The idea was basically implemented to reduce pollution levels and improve the health of rickshaw pullers.
  • Again in 2015, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet approved the scheme for further distribution of motorised/battery-operated rickshaws and regularisation of 5,000 daily wage workers, work charges, and contractual employees for free.
  • The cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, also approved the supplementary budget of Rs. 19,000 crore for 2015-2016 and a solid waste management plant as a pilot project for Rampur.
  • The cabinet approved the tender of Kinetic Green, Pune, that would supply motorised rickshaws at Rs. 1,37,727 per unit.
  • A total of Rs. 372 crore would be spent on the distribution of 27,000 rickshaws in the first phase.
  • In 2016, Akhilesh Yadav distributed free e-rickshaws to women and said, "The society can prosper only when the other half of the population gets equal rights and justice. The Constitution has given women equal rights and the same will be done in the country."
  • To protect the environment and public health, the Akhilesh Government has called for a complete ban on the use of plastic in the state.
  • The polythene ban in the state prohibits manufacturing, importing, purchasing, and storage of all kinds of plastic carry bags. According to the ban, no shopkeeper, wholesaler or retailer would be able to use, store or purchase plastic bags.
  • The ban will not be applicable for packaging purposes. Akhilesh Yadav is also looking for an alternative material that can be used for packaging and transporting products.
  • The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav brought about a project aspiring to make different regions of the state, ‘bicycle-friendly’ by building cycle tracks across towns and cities.
  • The first phase of the project was initiated in Lucknow, Agra, and Noida. The project encourages the idea of cycling as it is the healthiest and cheapest mode of travel.
  • This initiative also counters the widespread menace of pollution that cities are dealing with.
  • After completion, Lucknow will have the country’s largest cycle track network, stretching up to 270 kilometres.
  • The first cycle track was inaugurated on 1st March 2015 and Rs. 136 crore have been sanctioned for the 204 km long stretch in the Budget 2016-17.