Mahabubabad: The district administration is gearing up to take up massive plantation programme under Haritha Haram in the district.
According to District Collector VP Gautham, a total of 69 lakh saplings would be planted during the year 2021-22 in the district under ‘Telanganaku Haritha Haram’ (TKHH) programme. “We have already raised a total of 80 lakh saplings in 461 nurseries across the district. In addition to them, there are nurseries in municipalities where saplings would be planted,” he said, adding that he had held a meeting with the officials of the Forest and other departments on June 11 and directed them to pick out the big ones from the small ones and take steps to provide biofertiliser like ‘Jeevamrutham’ to the saplings stunted growth.
He also directed the officials of the different departments to dig up the pits as the soil got wet due to recent spells of the rain. The officials were also directed to rearrange the tree guards by repairing the damaged guards. While the Panchayat Raj department was asked to dig up the pits along the roads stretching 31 km, the Roads and Buildings Department was asked to dig the pits for 150 km. He said that he had asked the officials to keep 20 lakh saplings for the avenue plantation and 30 lakh saplings for the plantation on the premises of the houses of the people.
Meanwhile, the Agriculture Department officials were asked to identify farmers who are ready to take up the plantation of the teak plants along the bunds at their agriculture fields. On Wednesday, Gautham inspected the nursery at Bhupathipeta village in Gudur mandal in the district and expressed anger over keeping some seed beds vacant. He also directed the official concerned to suspend the Panchayat Secretary for his negligence in raising the saplings at the nursery. He also asked the district officer to issue a memo to the concerned forest official of the Gudur mandal.