Haritha Haram to make entire Telangana Green
The TRS government has launched a new scheme ‘Haritha Haram’ to make entire Telangana green. Telangana government has decided to launch a massive tree plantation programme to bring entire Telangana under green cover in the next three years.
As part of Haritha Haram a ‘Green Week’ will be observed every month with people’s participation. Ministers, MLAs, MPS and officers too would be included in the programme.
It is estimated that the entire Telangana state requires 210 crore saplings to bring 33 per cent of the area under green cover.It is estimated that the Hyderabad Metro Development Authority including the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation requires 10 crore saplings for three years which means 3.30 crore saplings every year.
Each Assembly segments will require 40 lakh saplings and each village on an average requires 33,000 saplings.
Considering that at present there are about 100 crore trees and calculating the survival rate the above estimate has been prepared.
The chief minister also wanted the officials to rejuvenate the existing forest coverage. KCR said that there has to be schematic plantation and the trees are to be grown like in Singapore. For this, he said the avenue plantations should not be in the old fashion. People should feel that they are walking in the forest and as such the afforestation need to be done.
The plantation will be taken up at all rivers, river beds, banks, in and around tank bund near the shore area, compounds of all institutions and campuses of universities.
Chief Minister KCR suggested that the required funds can be drawn from out of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) or Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA).
For the success of Haritha Haram officials, social workers and NGOs should work together. In the forest area, activities like, Forest Protection, Afforestation, Rejuvenating degraded forests and Treatment of RoFR areas should be taken up.
Celebrities and Tollywood actors are lining up to take part in the second phase of ‘Telanganaku Haritha Haram’ campaign launched on Friday by Telangana state Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao in Nalgonda district.
KCR launched the two-week long Haritha Haram campaign in the Year 2016 by planting saplings in Gundrampalli near Chityal in Nalgonda district. Over 25 lakh saplings were planted in and around Hyderabad under a massive drive taken up by Telangana government to improve green cover.
Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, state ministers, Greater Hyderabad Mayor B Rammohan, public representatives, celebrities, policemen, judges, officers, employees, industrialists, information technology companies and eminent people from various walks of life participated in ‘Haritha Haram’ programme.
GHMC alone is spending Rs 21 crore on the plantation, taken as part of the state-wide programme launched on July 8 with an aim to plant 46 crore plants in the year 2016. This is expected to improve the green cover from existing 24 to 33 per cent.
Actor-turned-politician K. Chiranjeevi, popular actors Nagarjuna, AlluArjun, Daggubati Rana, Manchu Vishnu, Manchu Lakshmi and Rajendra Prasad were among those who took part in Haritha Haram.
Tata Consultancy Service planted 4,000 plants in its campus.