The Central Government of India has ambitious plans to create a great, green wall of India covering a distance of 1,400/ kms from the Gujarat border to the Delhi- Haryana border. This idea is taken from the “Great Green Wall” which runs through the width of Africa. If the plan takes wings, it will promote the efforts of India to deal with land degradation and the eastward march of the Thar desert.
It will create a green belt from Porbandar to Panipet and help in restoring degraded land through afforestation along the Aravalli hill range across Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi. Besides it will also act as a barrier for dust which comes from the deserts in Western India and Pakistan. The idea was formally mooted at the recently held conference of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in India. However it is yet to get formal approval.