State to invest Rs 183 cr for plantation in 2012-13

Bhubaneswar: In an effort to strengthen its green drive, the state government has decided to invest Rs 183 crore for plantation in two lakh hectares this financial year. While a large portion of the plantation will be done in industry and mining areas, the state aims to restore 3 lakh hectares of jungle with the funds from Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA). This was decided on Sunday at a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

In FY2011-12, the government had invested Rs160 crore to afforest 1,82,000 hectares in the state. It was also decided in the meeting to increase roadside plantation from last year’s 769 km to 1600 km this year. Similarly this year, 28 towns of the sate have been selected for city plantation compared to last year’s 12.

In capital Bhubaneswar, nearly 3 lakh saplings will be planted and nearly four lakh bamboo saplings have been kept to be planted in 1000 hectares of land. The  government also aims to utilise CAMPA and NREGS funds this year to create 62 new permanent nurseries to increaseto 281.