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Over Rs. 635 crore spent in 4 years to bring 48000 hectare land under green cover: HP Govt

The maintenance period of saplings was increased from 3 years to 5 years. The period is increased from 5 years to 7 years. R.C.C.Fencing is being used to protect the planted saplings, claimed the government.

Shimla – The Government of Himachal Pradesh has claimed that it spent Rs. 635-61 crore in last four years and brought a total 48000 hectare of land under the green cover.

This year, the government will spend Rs. 162. 5 crores to bring 15000-hectare additional area under the green cover, said an official report.

The government claimed it planted medical plants worth Rs.1.33 crore in four years. This year 35 lakh such plants will be planted.

The plantation will mostly include broader leave, wild fruit bearing, and medicinal plants.

The government further claimed that the State spent Rs. 13.99 crore to free 3689-hectare land from Lantana weed. In future, an amount of Rs. 13.99 crores will be spent on re-establishment of 743 hectares of land.

The maintenance period of saplings was increased from 3 years to 5 years. The period is increased from 5 years to 7 years. R.C.C.Fencing is being used to protect the planted saplings, claimed the government.

As per revised TD policy, the people are eligible to get seven cubic meter timber once in fifteen years for the construction of new house. It will be 3 cubic meters in five years.

State Government’s Some Other Forest Projects

  1. Rs. 630.37 crore Mid Himalayan Watershed Development
  2. Rs. 227 crore Swan River Integrated Watershed Management
  3. Rs. 10 crore Forest Management and Capacity Development in Training Sector
  4. Rs. 310 croreH.P. Forest Eco System Climate Proofing
  5. Rs. 800 crore HP Forest Eco system Management and Livelihood
  6. Rs. 665 crore Forest Eco system Climate Proofing Projects 

The government said Himachal Pradesh is the first State in Asia to get carbon credit. The State has already received the first installment of Rs. 1.93 crore in lieu of carbon credit.

About 775 villages with a population of one lakh are now out of the Sanctuary areas, it said.

As the government was now authorized to resolve the land transfer cases upto one hectare, during last four and half years, the state government has sanctioned 362 cases under the Forest Conservation Act, 1980. In the same period, 563 cases were sanctioned under the Forest Right Act, 2006.

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