Nitish Kumar aims at greener Bihar; targets 15% green cover by 2017
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 08-Aug-2017

Patna, August 8: Bihar battled with the low green cover area in past years. To solve the issue Bihar Government launched Hariyali Mission in 2011 for a greener state. Bihar’s green cover fell to 9% from 17% when the state was divided. Bihar CM has targeted to regain the green cover area by the end of this year targeting 15%.

On the day of Rakshabandhan, Bihar held an event of tying Rakhi to trees in presence of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and deputy CM Sushil Modi. In the event, Nitish Kumar reminded the target for putting highest efforts. To achieve this target, 18.47 crore saplings have been planted so far.

"After a series of discussions at various levels, we decided to increase the green coverage by planting saplings. At the time of launching the Hariyali Mission, the state government had set a target of planting 24 crore saplings in the state. Today, we have almost achieved the target," Bihar CM said.

In next 5 years, the state aims to expand the green coverage further. The target will be aimed 17%. Then it will reach the amount of forest area of undivided Bihar.