18 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: With extremely severe cyclonic storm causing widespread damage to the green cover across State, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday directed to implement a five year action plan on Revival of Coastal Shelter Belt & Afforestation Programme at a cost of Rs 200 crore.
A decision to plant trees in 8000 hectares over the next five years has been taken by the State Government. While 65 lakh saplings had been planted in the FANI affected areas in 2018-19, it will be doubled to about 130.5 lakh saplings in the year 2019-20.
Of the 130.5 lakh saplings, 80.5 lakh saplings will be planted by the Forest department, while 50 lakh saplings will be distributed free of cost among various educational institutions, industrial estates and private land holders for plantation in their respective areas, stated reports.
While 5 lakh trees will be planted under Urban Tree Plantation Programme over the next five years, one lakh trees will be planted in the year 2019-20. Around 30,000 uprooted but intact trees will be replanted.
Fruit bearing trees will be planted in around 12000 hectares for livelihood of people in FANI affected areas. They will also be provided with Inter-cropping package for three years. Besides, along with distribution of 5 lakh saplings, 4 lakh nutri-gardens will be set up in backyards of people.
Meanwhile, as many as 104 lakh saplings are already available with 12 Forest divisions. The step is being taken in order to revive the green cover lost in Puri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack during Cyclone FANI. This will also help create a green barricade along the vulnerable coast.
It is notable to mention here that over 22 lakh trees have been damaged due to the cyclone, which cost Rs 537 crore to the exchequer.
It is worthwhile to mention that, 3290 partly uprooted trees have already been replanted in and around Bhubaneswar. 182 trees have been replanted on Power house to CRP square road, Power house to Jaydev vihar square- 333, Jayadev Vihar to Nandankanan square - 1593, Vanibihar to Master Canteen -225, City Womens College to Jagamara -142, Master Canteen to PMG -130, Master Canteen to Sishubhawan to Capital Hospital to AG square -169, Airport road - 446 and Khandagiri to Pokhariput 70.