Mumbai, April 24: With an aim to tackle the pollution problem Maharashtra government joined hands with Indian Railways to expand the green cover. Under this, the trees will be planted on the adjacent sides of the railway tracks in the state.On Sunday the Maharashtra government signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Railways, under which trees will be planted on the land adjacent to the railway tracks in the state. “In order to increase the state’s forest cover from 20% to 33%, large-scale forest and non-forest plantation is necessary. Considering this, we had sought Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s consent for planting trees on the land beside the railway lines and converting that area into a green zone,” said State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, who also holds charge of Forest department.
The agreement was signed by General Director of Social Forestry Department, Maharashtra, and Chief Engineer of the Central Railway, in presence of the minister. “This MoU will be a significant step towards achieving the concept of green Maharashtra as visualized by us. After a record-breaking tree plantation of last year, we are committed to planting 4 Crore trees on July 1 this year,” Mungantiwar said. The state Forest department had planted 2 Crore 83 lakh trees across the state on July 1 last year, a feat recognized by the Limca Book of world records.