Pachathuruthu will help achieve Net Zero Carbon target, says Pinarayi Vijayan

The project also aims to protect sacred grooves and mangroves. The mission also plans to plant shade trees with public participation.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan Photo | Express

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the Pachathuruthu project will help the state achieve the Net Zero Carbon Kerala target, set for 2050. The Haritha Kerala Mission will develop 1,000 pachathuruths in the state as part of World Environment Day observance, he said in a statement issued in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.

The project will see the participation of MGNREGS, the Ayyankali Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme, the social forestry department, the agriculture department and State Medicinal Plants Board Kerala, Kerala Forest Research Institute, JNTBGRI (Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden & Research Institute) and forestry college. The pachathuruthu project began on a six cent of land at Vengode in Pothencode panchayat on June 5, 2019. Within five years, the number rose to 2,950, covering 856.23 acres.

The project also aims to protect sacred grooves and mangroves. The mission also plans to plant shade trees with public participation. At present, the Net Zero Carbon Kerala activities are being carried out in 91 grama panchayats and a municipality. Efforts are on to set up pachathuruths in every ward of these LSGs.

The CM said a creative approach is needed to counter environmental deterioration. The Kerala government has taken up a massive campaign for environment conservation. As part of this, 70,000 km of streams and over 400km of rivers were revived.

The Haritha Kerala Mission is carrying out a historic river revival project. At present, water budget and related activities to mitigate flood and drought are being held at 342 local bodies. “This should be expanded to all local bodies. Farming should be carried out on all unused land holdings. Interventions should be made for sustainable conservation of natural resources and to reinstate natural ecosystems,” he said.

He added that the conservation of natural resources and environmental sustainability are political topics. The greed of capitalism and exploitation of nature have also contributed to climate change and other disasters, he added.

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Thiruvananthapuram: As many as 1,000 new ‘pachathuruthus’ will be set up in the state as part of the World Environment Day. One pachathuruthu will be established in each local self-government institution. A district-level inauguration will be held for the programme and the event will be attended by ministers, MLAs, district collectors and other people’s representatives. Food and Civil Supplies Minister G R Anil will inaugurate the programme at Kavoram, Manikkal grama panchayat, MLA Xavier Chittilappilly at Santha Higher Secondary School, Avanoor, and MLA

K P Kunhammad Kutty at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Maniyoor, Kozhikode.

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