Post FANI, CM Appeals All To Participate In Massive Plantation Programme In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Gracing the ‘State Level Van Mahotsav Programme’ today at Raj Bhavan U.P. School, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik instructed the students to turn up in large number and participate in the plantation programme.

In his media reactions, the Odisha Chief Minister said, “I appeal to all to participate in the plantation programme and make it a great success.”

Earlier addressing the students at Raj Bhavan U.P. School, the Chief Minister said, “Tree is life. Our environment will survive well with the survival of trees. We will also live well. Hence, if we all take care of a tree, it will take care of us in return.”

Apprising the students that Cyclone FANI has caused huge damage in our coastal area, the Chief Minister said, “We have initiated ‘Post FANI Coastal Shelter Belt and Afforestation Mission’. Under this programme, 80 lakh saplings will be planted this year. In addition, 50 lakh free saplings will be distributed to the various institutions and general public. Similarly, several other plantation programmes like ‘Green Mahanadi Mission’, ‘Ama Jungle Yojana’, ‘Sacred Groves’, ‘Sabuja Odisha Mission’, etc are already underway.”

“Six crore saplings will be planted by the Forest Department in the current rainy season. Four crore saplings will be provided to various institutions, organizations and general public for plantation purpose. I urge the general public, especially the students to participate in this massive plantation programme and help in building green and gracious Odisha,” exhorted the Chief Minister.

In his media reactions, Odisha Forest & Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh said, “Today we observed State Level Van Mahotsav. On this occasion, I would like to convey my good wishes to the people of Odisha. You all know that a huge amount of greenery has been damaged in the FANI. In order to plant new trees, we from our Department have undertaken several programmes.”

“Our Department has decided to plant about 6 crore saplings. In addition, 4 crore saplings will be distributed to the public, organizations and institutions so that our damaged greenery will be rehabilitated. To plant tall trees in the urban belt, our Department has planned for a programme. It will be implemented soon. I urge for the cooperation of this city denizens to make this programme successful,” said the Minister.

 Odisha Forest & Environment Secretary Suresh Mohapatra said, “We have made arrangements for a large scale plantation programme in the FANI-affected areas. About 80 lakh saplings will be planted and 50 lakh saplings will be freely distributed to the general public. We have very tall seedlings (12-14 feet height) for the cities of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri. All our parks, avenue plantation, government office premises will be having these tall seedlings where trees have got uprooted.”

He added, “For the private persons, we have opened outlets at several points from where they could avail the saplings free of cost. They can have of their choice from the various forest species like Baula, Ashoka, Amla, Mango, Jackfruit, etc.”

“This year we have got only cyclone resistant trees. The previous species of trees unable to withstand wind speed won’t be planted anymore. 10-12 varieties of cyclone resistant species have been identified. These varieties will be planted in Bhubaneswar and other cities,” the Forest & Environment Secretary stated.

Odisha Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) & Head of Forest Force (HoFF) Sandeep Tripathi said, “Our Department is making serious and concerted efforts to compensate the havoc that FANI has wreaked. While we undertook plantation of 65 lakh saplings last year, this time it is 1.30 crore saplings. 10 crore saplings will planted in total. First in the FANI-affected 13 Forest Divisions and later across the State.”

He added, “4 crore saplings will be planted and they will be all provided freely. Last year we used to charge Re 1 for a sapling, but this year it is free of cost. 70,000 tall variety trees will be planted in the parks, avenue plantation in Puri, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack.”

“The new thing we have done this time is that of the restoration of trees. The leaning trees have been raised up in the aftermath of FANI. The number of such trees is 15,000. This has been done in Puri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Our staff will go to the spot if formally informed and do the needful free of cost,” the Chief Wildlife Warden informed.