Bhubaneswar: In a bid to achieve cent per cent results in the Green Mahanadi Mission, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has directed to actively include local villages groups, forest conservation committees and youth organisations in the initiative.
Chairing a review meeting at the state Secretariat today, the Chief Secretary directed the authorities concerned to expedite the programme thorough the grass-root level.
Padhi also directed to create mass awareness among the people and maintain cooperation in other environmental development projects. Besides he asked to provide saplings of fruit-bearing trees according to the suggestion of the people.
Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary, Forest and Environment department, who was also present in the review meeting, informed about the present working status of the mission.
Mohapatra informed that 8340.25 acre of land has been identified for tree plantation in 2018-19. Till date, trees have been planted in 6799.25 acres of land. While 1053 km of roadside stretch was identified for planting trees, plantation has been carried out in 828 km roadside stretch till date.
He also informed that out of 94.38 lakh saplings, 60.01 lakh saplings have been distributed for plantation.
Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had launched Green Mahanadi Mission on July. The programme aims to plant two crore saplings on the banks of the Mahanadi, Tel and Ib rivers at two locations in Subarnapur and Boudh districts.
The plantation drive is being carried out in as many as 1,303 villages spread over 15 districts situated on both sides of the Mahanadi.