Mission ‘Green’ to get set on as Maharashtra will plant 4 Cr saplings from tomorrow
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 30-Jun-2017

Mumbai, June 30: Tomorrow the Maharashtra set to plant over 4Crores plant all over state. This initiative aims to increase the forest cover in the state to 33% of the total land area. Also Mumbai Metro III Project will plant 100 times more plants within next three years.

Speaking about the government’s ambitious plan to plant 4 Crore trees on July 1 all over the state, Mungantinwar said that 31.60 lakh volunteers have registered so far for the Green Army being set up for forest conservation and afforestation activities in the state.  Over a period of five years, the state aims to plant 50 Crore saplings. Last year, 2.8 Crore saplings were planted and from July 1, another 4 Crore will be planted. In 2018, the aim is to plant 13 Crore saplings while another 33 Crore saplings will be planted in 2019.

Many of the states are adopting green blanket to combat climate change, also Mumbai Metro III Project will plant 100 times more plants within next three years, and this comes after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ordered Mumbai Metro to plant trees in the area under Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

These plants have to be planted in the area under Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). Minister for Forest Department Sudhir Mungantiwar said that ‘MMRC has got the court’s sanction to cut the trees.’ He added MMRC been told to replant 100 times more the number of trees and to ensure the replanted trees survive. He also added that the trees will be planted by MMRC wherever land for planting trees is available in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

Commenting on the standard norm of having 33% forest cover in the state, Mungantiwar said 400 Crore trees will have to be planted. Over 40 lakh square meters is needed to achieve the targeted 33% forest cover.

He said, “The state government has now created a land bank of available space in each district of the state that can be used for the tree plantation drive. The government is planning to enact ‘Tree Credit Act’ whereby those who plant trees and conserve them can get credit for that.”