10 lakh saplings plantation in Manipur

Imphal, June 8, 2019 (DIPR): Forest department has has targeted to plant around 10 lakh saplings this year, said forest and environment and MAHUD (Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development) minister Th. Shyamkumar.

He said the plantation will be taken up in collaboration with various stakeholders during the ongoing week-long observance of World Environment Day (June 6-11) and Van Mohatsav which will be observed in July.

The minister was attending a tree plantation programme held as part of the week-long observance of the World Environment Day 2019 at the complex of the Solid Waste Management Plant, Lamdeng Khunou, Imphal West. It was organised by the Manipur Urban Development.

Shyamkumar said at present the people in the state and across the world are reeling under the consequences of the global warming and climate change. He said deforestation among other factors which adds to the destruction of the environment is highly alarming.

He said as part of conserving and protecting the environment, plantation drives are held across various places in the state.

Merely planting a sapling will not help in the mission. One must focus on the maintenance of the plant that is nurturing the sapling till the maturity, he added.

The forest department will collaborate with the NGOs, clubs, local residents for engaging them for the maintenance of the planted saplings. They will be given assistance for their service as done in earlier years from the time he took charge of the department, the minister said.

He said state government is wholeheartedly committed in conserving and protecting the environment. Chief minister N. Biren Singh on June 5, during the World Environment Day 2019 observance here had already announced that the state government will soon launch a campaign known as ‘Green Manipur, Clean Manipur’ with an objective to protect environment and combat climate change. Under the campaign, the state government will encourage every village of the state to protect or develop forest land each having an area of at least 5 to 10 acres. The government will install gym worth around Rs 5 lakh each at these greenery areas. At urban and semi-urban localities, which do not have such land for forest development, people will be encouraged to plant trees at their Umang Lai temple complexes, he added.

Around 200 saplings were planted today during the tree plantation programme.

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