Hyderabad: Marking the commencement of seventh phase of ‘Telangana ku Haritha Haram programme’ in the State, IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao along with Forests Minister A Indrakaran Reddy will formally throw open the Amberpet Kalan Urban Forest Park near Outer Ring Road for public on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Thursday. The seventh phase of Haritha Haram programme will be held till July 10. The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has developed the Urban Park.
Speaking to mediapersons at his chambers here on Wednesday, Indrakaran Reddy urged the elected representatives, officials and general public to participate in the plantation drive in a massive scale and make it a success. He stated that as per the directions of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, the Forest department made arrangements to provide six plants to each household and encourage them to develop plants. Necessary saplings have been kept ready in the nurseries and arrangements have been made for their plantation commencing from Thursday.
The Minister said that the government is inching towards its target of planting 230 crore saplings across the State. About 220.7 crore saplings were planted over the last six phases of Haritha Haram programme and under seven phase, the target has been set for planting 19.91 crore saplings following which the programme will surpass its own target of 230 crore saplings. Priority is being given to elevated avenue plantation along the state and national highways as well as other major roads.
The District Collectors and other officials of all districts have already prepared a list of works to be carried out in all the gram panchayats and settlements in the State, following the meeting chaired by Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao recently. The government has appointed special officers to manage rural and urban development programmes. Committees were set up specifically to prepare reports on the works to be taken up in these villages with regards to santitation, health, basic infrastructure, distribution of six saplings to each household under Haritha Haram programme, electricity repair works, and also encourage public participation.
Apart from constituting standing committees with a whopping 8.2 lakh members for 12,769 villages, the State government is releasing Rs 339 crore per month to the gram panchayats for taking up development works. Of 12,769 villages in the State, about 19,298 Palle Prakruthi Vanams (nature parks) and 12,755 nurseries, have been established apart from completing development of dumping yards and Vaikuntadhamams in 12,736 villages.
Under Pattana Pragathi programme, the State government is focused on creating and maintaining infrastructure in the fast growing urban areas in tune with the rising demands. Action plans were prepared for the programme which has changed the urban topography and played vital role in creation of basic infrastructure and improved greenary. A strong force of over 2.06 lakh citizen members in the ward standing committees and 13,620 civic associations, are also involved.
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