Government Prepares Action Plan To Increase Green Cover
The Odisha government has approved its annual action plan allocating an amount of Rs 803.65 crore under CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority) for 2020-21 fiscal, in a bid to increase the green cover in the state. The plan was approved by the state-level steering committee on CAMPA headed by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy.
Under the action plan, the state government has decided to adopt various methods including maintenance of previous year’s plantation, block plantation, bald-hill plantation, assisted natural regeneration, fodder and fruit-bearing plantation, bamboo culture and wildlife management.
An official source confirmed that a target has been set to start plantation in 1,500 hectares, with 1,600 saplings per hectare during 2020-21 and also to grow 5,71,48,000 seedlings, during the same period.
The source also said that Rs 41.13 crore has been set aside for maintenance of the fire protection line, operation of 216 fire protection squads and provide support to the Vana Surakhya Samiti (VSS) for fire protection work.
“As per India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2019, the forest area in Odisha has increased by 274 sq km from 2017 to 2019. Besides, tree cover has also increased by 655 sq km,” said Uma Nanduri, chief executive officer of CAMPA.