Odisha To Revive Coastal Greenery

The Odisha government aims to plant over 1.3 crore saplings all over the coastal region of the state, which lost its greenery due to cyclone Fani, through a five-year scheme at a cost of approximately ₹200 crore.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed the Forest Department to implement the ‘Five-year action plan on the revival of coastal shelter belt and afforestation programme’ on a mission mode. The programme covers planting of saplings on 8,000 hectares of land over a five-year period. About 65 lakh saplings were already distributed in Fani-affected districts during 2018-19, and the figure is targeted to reach 1.3 crores in 2019-20.

Along with afforestation, about 30,000 uprooted trees would be replanted and restored in suitable places. The government also plans to plant fruit-bearing plants in 12,000 hectares which would also boost the livelihood of many cyclone-affected people. Out of 1.3 crore saplings, the Forest Department will plant 80 lakh, while 50 lakh will be planted by different educational institutions, industrial and private areas.

According to government sources, “In order to restore comparatively large trees, an action plan has been prepared. These will be planted in the Balukhanda reserve forest area, and in different parks and roads of Cuttack, Puri and Bhubaneswar urban areas. All modern techniques will be adopted”. They plan to plant cyclone-resistant trees like Neem, Karanja, Baula, Jamu, Korila, Chatian, Khaira, Arjun, Mahyoni, Ashok, Harida, Bahada, Shisu, Katha Champa and Dimiri.

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