“Vriksharopan Abhiyan” to be launched by Home Minister

On July 23, 2020, Home Minister Amit Shah will launch “Vriksharopan Abhiyan”. The minister is to launch the scheme through video conference in more than 130 locations spread in 38 districts.

The scheme will focus on creating green spaces by planting tree saplings in mined out areas.

Highlights

The scheme is to be launched in the presence of Union Minister of Coal and Mines Shri Pralhad Joshi. Mr Amit Shah will also lay foundation stone to six eco parks and tourism sites.

About Eco Parks and Tourism Sites

The tourism sites and Eco Parks will provide avenues for adventure, recreation, water sport, bird watching, etc. in the nearby areas. These sites will generate revenue and also create employment for local people.

About the Scheme

The Vriksharopan Abhiyan will be implemented by Ministry of Coal. Under the scheme large scale plantation is to be carried out in mines, offices, colonies and other sustainable areas of lignite and coal PSUs.

“Going Green” is the key thrust area of the coal sector. It involves maximization of green cover through ecological reclamation

Background

Three PSUs NLC India Limited, Coal India Limited and Singareni Colliries Company Limited have set ambitious target to achieve the following

  • To cover 1,789 hectares of land under bio-reclamation
  • To cover 1626 hectare under plantation
  • To create grass land in 70 hectares
  • To create hi-tech cultivation in 90 hectares
  • To create Bamboo plantation in 3 hectares.

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