Yadadri-Bhongir: Minister for Forest Allola Indrakaran Reddy on Monday said the State government’s target was to increase forest cover in the State to 33 per cent within the next couple of years.
The Minister, along with Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy, launched plantation in Compensatory Afforestation (CA) block in 121 acres of land, which was handed over to Forest Department at Ibrahimpur village of Thurkapally mandal for acquiring forest land at Damaracherla area for the purpose of Yadadri Thermal Power Plant by the State government.
Speaking on the occasion, Indrakaran Reddy reminded that the State government has taken up the afforestation programme Telangana Ku Haritha Haram (TKHH) to improve the green coverage area in the State. Forest coverage area was increased by four percent in the State in the last six years. He exuded confidence that the forest coverage area would soon increase to 33 percent due to the initiatives taken up by the state government, he added. In addition to taking up plantation programme, the state government has laid focus on survival of planted saplings.
He reminded that saplings, which were planted along roads grown as trees in Yadadri-Bhongir district. About 30,000 saplings planted in urban forest at Raigiri have already grown as trees.
He said that the people should also participate in TKHH and take the survival of the planted saplings as their social responsibility. Earlier, he inaugurated the newly constructed Forest Range Officer residence at Bhongir.
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