Hyderabad: With the fourth spell of Telangana ku Haritha Haaram (TKHH) scheduled to begin next month, the State government is gearing up to involve people in a large scale, especially in urban areas.
To promote plantation, the Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) Ministry has decided to involve residential welfare associations of apartments and colonies besides distributing saplings to individuals through deployment of mobile units.
As per instructions from MA&UD Minister KT Rama Rao, the officials have commenced arrangements for taking up massive plantation drive under the fourth phase of the programme. The urban local bodies, especially Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), were entrusted with planting a whopping 2.3 crore saplings in their jurisdiction alone. Another 5 crore saplings will be planted in urban areas of other parts of the State, including district headquarters, municipalities and municipal corporations.
The State government aims at planting 39 crore saplings under the fourth phase.
Under the programme, the State government will identify various locations in the urban areas where plantation will be taken up. Officials have decided to involve residential welfare associations, voluntary organisations and also corporate firms to plant saplings and maintain them.
“We are deploying mobile vans which will distribute saplings in various residential areas free of cost. Most of these plants are fruit-bearing and flower plants to encourage people to take up the plantation. The saplings of silver date palm (Eetha), teak and bamboo also will be supplied to people,” said an official in the MA&UD Department.
As a result of three phases of Haritha Haaram programme, Telangana State registered a rise in green cover in an extent of 565 sq km between 2015 and 2017. As against the target of planting 230 crore saplings, about 82 crore saplings were planted in the last three years. The officials are now aiming at planting about 39 crore saplings in the fourth phase and achieve total plantation of 121 crore saplings.
The State government has so far spent Rs 2,473 crore for the programme, including for raising saplings in nurseries, and another Rs 349.55 crore was earmarked for the current fiscal.
Further, it has been decided to appoint green brigades with the active participation of students, women and employees. One senior official or public representative will be identified as a brigadier to monitor plantations, placing of tree guards, frequent watering, procuring water through tankers during dry seasons and other works.
Similarly, efforts are being made to take up block plantation in about 1.5 lakh acres of forest land available within 50-60 km radius around Hyderabad city. As per the directions of the Chief Minister, alternate watering mechanism is being mooted to avoid shortage of water to the plants in development of forest blocks which will be developed along the Outer Ring Road of Hyderabad. Arrangements are being made for taking up avenue plantation along the national and State highways in the State.