A massive plantation programme will be taken up in the state during the current rainy season. Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy directed officials of various departments to plant eight crore saplings in the next two months.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation will plant two lakh saplings this season, following instructions from the chief minister to double the number.
The chief minister also said district collectors, forest department, municipalities must take up plantation programmes.
Chief secretary PK Mohanty said HMDA, metro water board, irrigation department, Panchayati Raj and others are also involved in the drive.
The chief minister enquired about the GHMC’s lake protection programme covering 108 lakes and increased the number of lakes to be protected to 200. He asked the chief secretary to issue orders and sanction funds for the purpose.
The chief minister reviewed the progress of Hyderabad Metro Rail, Outer Ring Road works and 34 radial roads.
Lakes Inspected: Chief secretary PK Mohanty inspected Goshai Kunta, Wipro, Yellamma Cheruvu, Kothaguda and Mullakatuva lakes under the jurisdiction of GHMC West Zone on Sunday.
Municipal commissioner Krishna Babu informed the chief secretary that the GHMC is protecting 108 lakes by erecting fencing around them and by involving local communities.
Mohanty said an action plan is being prepared at the direction of chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy for the development of Hyderabad, and it will be ready in three months.