CHANDIGARH: Kanwar Pal said that this is an important programme of Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign. Haryana has already set a target to increase the total area of forest and trees in the state from seven per cent to 20 per cent in the next three years, stated Kanwar Pal, Forest Minister, Haryana. He further said that on the basis of the pilot project, ‘COVID Vatika’ would be set up in 1100 villages of the state and every year, the same number of villages will be covered under plantation. The target of planting 1.30 crore saplings has been set during this year’s Van Mahotsav and more than 80 per cent target has been achieved, which was also a significant achievement of the department, he said.
He called upon the officers as well as people of the state to actively participate to achieve the target given by Central Government to the states for increasing the total area under forest and trees in the country by the year 2024-25 while presiding over a review meeting held at Van Bhawan, Panchkula on Wednesday. It is the responsibility of the department to make the programme a success, says he.
It was also informed that this time plantation, as well as fencing of Panchayati land, has been started by the department and 1,34,600 saplings have been planted in 272.5-hectare area during the year 2020-21 and in the coming years, this area will be increased to 1000 hectares.
The Forest Minister said that though the river Yamuna and Ghaggar are two major rivers in the state under river conservation, a target of planting 7.40 lakh saplings on their banks has been set, which is a commendable initiative of the department. Under this programme mainly Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat, Sonipat, Faridabad and Palwal districts will be covered in Yamuna river while along the Ghaggar River saplings will be planted in Morni Hills, Panchkula, Ambala, Kaithal, Fatehabad, and Sirsa.
He informed that under the Urban Forest Scheme, one city forest has been developed at Sadhaura in Yamunanagar district and Murthal in Sonipat district. Now a detailed project report has been prepared to develop Urban Forest in an area of 397 hectares in the cities of Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat, Palwal, and Yamunanagar. He said that under bio-diversification schemes, work is going on in Kasan, Badkhal, and Murthal. This time during the Van Mahotsav, sowing was also done through drone, said Kanwar Pal.
It was also informed in the meeting that plantation would be done in 7246 Hectare area under the Twenty-point programme. Under soil moisture conservation, 125 check dams have been made in Shivalik forest area and 8 check dams were in progress, he said.
The Minister informed that concrete steps are being taken by the department towards the conservation of wild animals. Peacock and Chinkara Breeding Centre have been set up in Jhabua, Rewari. Similarly, to stop the decreasing number of vultures and to increase their population, India’s first vulture conservation and the breeding centre have been set up at Pinjore.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Dr. Amarinder Kaur, Principal Conservator of Forests, VS Tanwar, and other officers was present at the meeting.