10 Cr Saplings to Be Planted in Metropolitan Area

Published: 05th March 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th March 2015 03:59 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: As part of the government’s Telanganaku Harita Haaram programme, 10 crore saplings will be planted in the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority area to increase the green cover.

The  department of municipal administration and urban development (MAUD) has asked the HMDA to submit the budget requirement of Rs  15 crore for the current financial year and Rs  70 crore for 2015-16 for maintenance of nurseries and raising of saplings in about 25 nurseries. Accordingly, the HMDA has prepared the proposals.

HMDA plans to raise nurseries in three  sizes: 30 lakh saplings of 4X7 bag size (Rs  1 cr), 50 lakh saplings of 5X9 bag size  (Rs  2.50 cr) and  50 lakh saplings of 6X12 bag size (Rs 4.50 cr). Besides, 20 lakh ornamental plants will be purchased at a cost of Rs  2 crore. The HMDA sought Rs 25 lakh for infrastructure development _ fencing, borewells, pumps, levelling, electricity and pipelines in 25 nurseries.

HMDA plans to raise four crore saplings in the next financial year. For maintenance of  nurseries, it sought Rs  4.29 crore. For raising 1.50 crore plantations, it sought Rs  35.81 crore for the next financial year that include 5 lakh avenue plantations (Rs  17.29 crore), 4 lakh block plantations (institutions and industrial lands (Rs  3 crore), 4 lakh Tank Bund plantations in 200 lakes (Rs 4 crore), one lakh canal plantations (Rs  1 crore), 60 lakh homestead plantations for free distribution (Rs  1.40 crore), 50 lakh hedge plantations (Rs  3 crore), 20 lakh farmer orchard plantations for free distribution  (Rs  37 lakh), 5 lakh colony plantations (Rs  5 crore), one lakh development of tree parks (Rs  35 lakh), one lakh for development of theme park (Rs  40 lakh). For raising nurseries in five different bag sizes of 2.5 crore it sought Rs  21.90 crore. For 4X7 bag size, it proposes to raise 75 lakh saplings which requires Rs  3 crore, for 5X9 bag size,75 lakh saplings will be raised at a cost of Rs  4.50 crore, for 6X12 bag size, 80 lakh saplings will be raised that is going to cost Rs  8 crore, for 10X16 bag size, 20 lakh saplings will be raised costing Rs  6.40 crore. For infrastructure development of 25 nurseries, the HMDA sought Rs  6 crore.

Jogu Holds Review Meet

Hyderabad: Forests and environment minister Jogu Ramanna has appealed to elected representatives to join hands to make the Harita Haaram programme, set to begin in July, a success. He made the appeal at a review meeting he held with senior officials of the department here on Wednesday. The saplings are being raised in 5,000 nurseries. The target for each Assembly constituency is 40 crore plants and for each village 40,000. Instructions have been given to officials to chalk out plans for smooth implementation of the programme. Special focus will be on GHMC and HMDA areas and the government will rope in engineering colleges, HMDA layouts to plant the saplings.

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