09 July 2016 Current Affairs: The second phase of Haritha Haram programme of Telangana government was launched in the state on 8 July 2016.
Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao participated in the plantation programme at Gundrampalli near Chityal in Nalgonda district by planting a Neem sapling.
Ministers, legislators, officials besides a large number of school children and MGNREGA workers have been asked to take up similar plantations across the state.
2nd Phase of Haritha Haram programme : The two-week long Haritha Haram programme aims at planting 46 crore plants, including 25 lakh in Hyderabad, to improve green belt in the state.
The trees were planted over 163 kms of highway by over a lakh of people on the first day of the programme.As part of its five year programme to increase the forest cover in the state to 33 percent, the government has selected Hyderabad - Vijayawada highway as a pilot project to plant trees on either side of highways.Flowering, fruit bearing and shade providing trees are proposed to be planted.
The state government has proposed to take up plantation on the two sides of the national highways to Mumbai, Warangal, Bengaluru and Nagpur in near future.About 60 crore saplings of different variety have been kept ready for the 2 week long programme while the state is receiving good amount of rainfall so far during the current season.
The state Government with the help of all departments, institutions, Non Government Organisations, school children and individuals has taken up this task as part of the second phase Harita Haram programme.
Haritha Hāram programme of Telangana : It is a flagship programme of the Telangana Government which envisages increasing the present 24% tree cover in the State to 33% of the total geographical area of the State. The thrust areas to achieve the above are two-fold; one, initiatives in notified forest areas, and the other, initiatives in areas outside the notified forest areas.
National Forest Policy of India envisages a minimum of 33% of the total geographical area under forest/tree cover to maintain environmental stability and ecological balance; that are vital for sustenance of all life-forms, human, animal and plants.