Karimnagar: BC Welfare and Civil Supplies Minister Gangula Kamalakar on Thursday announced that the Vedurugatta forest will be named after Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.
The Minister disclosed this at a review meeting with MLAs and officials to discuss the ongoing Haritha Haram programme and construction of farm platforms here. It was decided to plant 69,000 trees in 200 acres in Vedurugatta of the Choppadandi constituency as part of Haritha Haram. IT and Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao kick-started the programme by planting a sapling on Wednesday.
Choppadandi MLA Sunke Ravishankar had suggested that the forest be named after Chandrasekhar Rao since the massive green initiative was conceived by Chief Minister. “Haritha Haram will be taken up in a big way in the Karimnagar Municipal Corporation as well as four municipalities of the district that have been lagging in afforestation,” he said, adding Karimnagar had turned into a concrete jungle and public representatives and officials should work together to make the district a Haritha Vanam.
The Minister promised to sanction Rs 1 crore from DMFT funds to plant trees in the district under Haritha Haram. While KMC would get Rs 50 lakh, Choppadandi and Kothapalli would be allocated Rs 30 and Rs 20 lakh respectively.
Besides a 14.5-km road in the town, trees would be planted in two to three rows on both the sides of R&B roads in the district.
Informing that the new Municipal and Panchayatraj Acts were quite strong, he warned that public representative would lose their posts if 80% of the trees did not survive.
Talking about construction of crop drying platforms, the Minister informed that the government has decided to construct 1,000 platforms in every Assembly constituency by spending Rs 750 crore.
Of this, 320 platforms would be developed in Karimnagar and Rs 22 crore has been allocated for the purpose, he informed and instructed officials to take steps to construct platforms by Dasara.
Small and marginal farmers could construct cement platforms under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. While SC and ST farmers would get 100% subsidy, BC and general farmers have to pay 10% amount as beneficiary contribution.
The Minister asked interested farmers to register their names with MPDOs and agriculture extension officers (AEO).
MLAs Ravishankar, Rasamai Balkishan and Sathish Babu, MLC Naradasu Laxman Rao, KMC Mayor Y Sunil Rao, Collector K Shashanka, Additional Collector GV Shyamprasad Lal, KMC Commissioner Valluru Kranthi and others participated in the meeting.
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