2,000 big saplings to be planted along the 8km Digha-AIIMS

The state government will plant 2,000 big saplings along the 8km Digha-AIIMS road during Van Mahotsav from August 1 to 10, deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who heads the state environment and forest department, said on Monday.

Van Mahotsava is observed to promote tree planting and encourage people to plant saplings and also come forward and join hands with government agencies for conserving and expanding the green cover.

As part of the government’s effort to generate awareness about the event, Modi held an interactive session with people’s representatives and those associated with civil society organisations working in the field of environment protection. It was during this session that the deputy chief minister shared the government’s plans for Van Mahotsav.

The deputy CM informed the participants of the session that in addition to the special sapling planting drive along the 8km road, the environment and forest department plans to plant 2 lakh trees during the event in Patna district, out of which one lakh would be planted in the Patna town area. Out of these one lakh trees, gabions would be provided to 27,000 trees for their safety.

Sharing the details of his department’s plan for enhancing green cover in the state, Modi said that government was aiming to plant a total of one crore trees across Bihar by launching an intensive drive. According to the government plans, different forest divisions in the state would plant 49 lakh trees whereas farmers would be encouraged to plant 58 lakh saplings through the social forestry scheme.

Under the special initiative, 80,000 saplings would be planted in 258 identified institutions and 3.63 lakh trees would be planted along the banks of rivers under the Namami Gange project. Another one lakh saplings would be planted on the premises of 216 educational institutions and 1.12 lakh saplings would be planted along 120km of national highways in the state.

Modi urged the session participants to create awareness among the people about the importance of green cover.

Source: The Telegraph

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