Telangnaa CM seeks Rs.100 crore for development of 188 forest blocks

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao with Union Minister Harshvardhan

-I. Ahmed

Hyderabad (Telangana): Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has requested the Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Dr Harsh Vardhan to extend support and cooperation for the activities undertaken by the Telangana state Government to increase greenery in the state.

The CM has requested the Union Minister to sanction Rs 100 Crore from Central share of CAMPA funds for supporting the state government initiative of developing 188 forests blocks in Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority limits. The CM also requested to accord environmental permission from the Ministry of Environment and Forests for stage II Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Project.

The CM further requested to restore the ratio of 70:30 percent under adhoc CAMPA rules which was approved by Supreme Court Of India. KCR thanked the Union Minister for according environmental permissions to state government’s Kaleswaram Project. The CM has requested the Union Minister to visit the Kaleshwaram project which is under advanced construction as well as some places in the state to personally see the programmes undertaken for development of greenery for which Union Minister agreed.

The union minister Dr Harsh Vardhan called on the Chief Minister at the latter’s camp office at Pragathi bhavan on Saturday afternoon. The Union Minister congratulated the CM on his electoral victory. On this occasion, the CM along with officials had a meeting with the Union Minister. The discussion among them revolved around plantation programme, forest conservation, forest rejuvenation, protection of wild animals, environment protection etc. The Union Minister was briefed through a power point presentation on the implementation of Telangana ku Harithaharam programme in the state, action to protect the forest, efforts for forest rejuvenation, development of social forestry etc.

The Union Minister complimented the efforts of the state government to improve the greenery. He said that the union government is making efforts to bring a new Act for protection of forests. He suggested that more and more awareness programmes have to organised to ensure that society at large realises the need for massive plantation programme.

The CM informed the Union Minister that earlier no proper steps were taken to protect the forests in the state resulting in reduction of greenery. He said the primary objective of Telangana Ku Harithaharam is to increase the green cover from the existing 24% to 33 %. KCR said that under Telangana Ku Harithaharam it is proposed to plant 230 Crore of seedlings out of which 130 Crore will be planted outside reserve forests and 100 Crore inside the forest. The CM said that at present every year 40 crore seedlings were being planted and added that an action plan was prepared to increase the number to 100 crore per year. The CM also said that in addition to plantation steps have been taken for their protection. In view of construction of projects and for other development activities, in case if there is a necessity to lose trees anywhere, immediately steps are being taken to plant equal number of trees elsewhere and adequate funds are provided for this.

The CM said that the Telangana life style and development of forests have an inter relation with each other. The CM said that the Bathukamma Festival which is a State Festival is organised purely with the flowers available in the forests and the festival is also a symbol of Telangana culture and tradition.

Before the commencement of the meeting, the CM has instructed the district collectors to take responsibility of overseeing the protection of seedlings including watering, which have been planted on a large scale through out the state as part of Telangana Ku Harithaharam. He told them to prepare an action plan and implement it for plantation of seedlings as well as their protection. The CM asked Chief Secretary Of the state SK Joshi to issue orders immediately to this effect entrusting the responsibility to the collectors for the protection of plants. CM said that funds from MGNREGA, CAMPA and from other sources are available and they should be properly made use of. The CM suggested that every school student should be taken to forest visits to create awareness on forestry and entrust in plantation.

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