Officials told to keep 2 crore saplings ready for Haritha Haram


Hyderabad: The State level preparatory meeting second phase of ‘Pachadanam-Parisubhratha’ held at the ‘Aranya Bhavan’ here on Saturday directed forest officials to keep 2 crore saplings of different varities ready, that will be taken up for plantation in the coming rainy season. It was also decided to stress on setting up of one nursery in every village as per the directions of the Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.

Forest Department Special Chief Secretary Rajeswar Tiwari reviewed the implementation of Haritha Haram with forest officials concerned. He enquired about the status of the first phase of the programme in every district. He also enquired about the availability of water and protection of saplings that were planted during the first phase.

While advising the officers to opt for health and robust plants, he asked them to immediately replace the dead plants with new big saplings that would have a better chance of survival even in harsh environment. Holding the nodal officers responsible for the successful growth of plants, he said that they need to take full responsibility of survival of plants.

He said all district-level officers involved in the mission were trained during the past three days, who would in turn impart training to block-level officers. It was also decided that each Collector should organise district-level committee meetings.

The Chief Minister’s Office OSD Priyanka Varghese while appreciating the good work done by the Outer Ring Road (ORR) authorities for improving greenery wanted the HMDA to improve green cover in the surroundings of the ORR. Principle Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) R Sobha, Municipal Administration Commissioner and Director TK Sridevi, Additional PCCF RM Dobriyal, and officers from GHMC, MMDA, Rural development and Horticulture attended the meeting.

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