HYDERABAD: The Telangana government’s ambitious plan of increasing the green cover of the state, has been making headway after chief secretary Rajeev Sharma notified all departments concerned about Haritha Haaram programme and assigned specific roles for each department.
Telangana Haritha Haaram (THH), a flagship programme of the state government, envisages increasing the tree cover of the state from the present 25.16 to 33 per cent of the total geographical area.
Telangana Haritha Haaram initiative was proposed by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in June last and the government decided to act upon it and issued ‘operational guidelines’ for implementation of the programme and assigned duties and responsibilities to the agencies.
Under the programme, 230 crore seedlings are proposed to be raised, developed in the entire state during the next three years. Out of this, 100 crore seedling will be raised by rejuvenating the viable root stock in the forest area, whereas 120 crore will be raised for planting outside the notified forest area. The remaining 10 crore seedlings will be raised by HMDA and GHMC. This amounts to production of 40 crore planting stock for the entire state.
In what comes as a pleasant surprise, GHMC officials have been taking the issue seriously and assure complete commitment to the project to increase Telangana’s green cover. “In the coming monsoon, we are going to plant 50 lakh trees in GHMC limits, that is our goal at the moment. We are accordingly making arrangements to plant trees in all open spaces, government institutions, defence areas and all the hospitals and schools. We are going to utilise each and every campus and universities for this programme,” Mustafa, director, Urban Biodiversity, GHMC, has said. The state government has decided to go on a massive tree plantion programme in all the available spaces outside the forest area in a phased manner. For this, 40 crore planting stock of various species is being raised by the forest department and other agencies in the state. The government has also decided to celebrate the first week of July as ‘Green Week’, during which all the government departments, private institutions, public representatives and NGOs will be involved in plantation programme. “Any organisation that is willing to support the initiative is welcome. We have already been approached by a few corporates. With the help of NGOs and corporates, we will be embarking on a planting spree and enhance the green cover of Telangana,” Mustafa added.