Jalandhar: The Punjab Forest Department has successfully planted 67.11 lakh tree saplings on 2085 hectares during the current monsoon season in a co-ordinated and planned tree plantation campaign to achieve the target of 15% forest cover by the year 2020. Forest and Wildlife Protection Minister, Punjab, Mr Chunni Lal Bhagat said that Punjab Government has set aside Rs 42 crore for this mission of National ecological importance.
He said that it was imperative for forest department to protect the new plantation besides take suitable measures for upkeep and maintenance of old plantation at 8,575 hectares. He underlined the need for using latest information technology, Global Positioning System (GPS) and Remote Sensing Technology using satellite imagery to monitor the actual progress of forest cover in the state.
He said that this project is being carried out with the assistance of the central government. He said that under this project the forest department plans to spend Rs. 42 crores in the current financial year and special attention is being paid for the proper upkeep and maintenance of 2085 hectare new plantation and 8575 hectare old plantation throughout the state, under which 67.11 lakh saplings have been planted.
He further informed that besides this, safeguards have also been envisaged in the project about the security of wild animals and not only this, but improving information technology infrastructure and making people aware about importance of protecting wildlife and encouraging research work about forest and wildlife is also included among the goals of the project.