Plantations proposed

 The state government has given the Forest Department a bigger responsibility this year.

Apart from undertaking plantation drives, thrust has also been laid on creating more solar powered pumpsets in forest patches to overcome the water crisis and mitigate man-animal conflict.

The government has shown interest in protecting the forest patches in urban areas by developing them into tree parks and constructing boundaries around them. The state government has announced the creation of 50 tree parks in forest lands and name them after noted environmentalist Salumarada Thimakka.

Green mantra

Raising six lakh sandalwood saplings
Development of 700 hectares of sandalwood plantations instead of eucalyptus in Chikkaballapur and Kolar
Raising six crore quality saplings for Vanamahotsava
Surviving saplings incentive raised to Rs 100 under Krishi Aranya Prothsaha Yojane
Roadside plantations along 4,720 km under Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme
Establishment of Poornachandra Tejaswi Prathishtana for research at a cost of Rs 5 crore
Forest Research Centre on Bengaluru-Mysuru Road at a cost of Rs 5 crore
solar powered pumpsets to fill 100 water bodies in forests

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