Imphal: Manipur government is targeting to plant 75 lakh saplings across the state within August as an initiative being taken up as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to mark 75 years of Independence.
Chief minister N.Biren Singh said this while addressing the gathering at the observation function of World Environment Day held on Sunday at Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) site, Heirangoithong Maibam Leikai, Imphal. The state level observation was organised by the Directorate of Environment and Climate Change on the United Nations theme “Only One Earth”.
To ensure achievement of the plantation target, Biren stressed the need to allocate each college in the state, with the task to carry out plantation drive at one hill located in valley areas. He saidt tree saplings for the same would be provided by horticulture and forest department while the expenses are to be borne by the department.
He sought support and involvement of all sections of people, local clubs and different riders’ groups in the initiative to mitigate the degradation of environment and climate change.
The tree plantation had been carried out at around 300 hectare of land under the Green Manipur Mission so far and the plantation drive is still going on. He informed that an amount of around Rs 300 crore had been allocated for conservation of water bodies at Lamphelpat.
Speaking about the Sewage Treatment Plant he stated that household wastes from 73 drains, along the Nambul river, are brought to the treatment plant through pipelines. The treated water would be used for irrigation covering 43 hectares of adjacent agricultural land, he added. He informed that rejuvenation of other rivers would also be started. He urged the public not to dump waste into the river, instead put the waste in a dustbin so that it could be collected from their residence by concerned authority. Lastly, he appealed to all the public to support and take their part in making the Green Manipur a reality.
Forest and environment minister Th. Biswajit expressed happiness on seeing involvement of many women in the World Environment Day observation. He informed that the forest and environment department is taking up steps to revive around 1384 number of spring sources and also to conserve around 1591 number of water bodies in the state. He stressed on the plan of the department to rejuvenate major polluted rivers of the state.
He announced that the government has made a plan to set up a Sewage Treatment Plant at Porompat for treatment of waste generated from Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, by sidelining the waste from flowing into Kongba River. This would help in preventing pollution of the river, he added.
MLA Karam Shyam, chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar, additional chief secretary M.H. Khan, principal chief conservator of forest A.K. Joshi, vice-chancellor Dhanamanjuri University prof. N. Rajmuhon Singh, environment and climate change director Dr Y. Nabachandra Singh, officials of environment department and members of Royal Riders Manipur attended the programme among others.
Tree sapling were planted at the STP site. World Environment Day stickers and T-shirts and caps were also released.
Brand Ambassador, CM’s Green Manipur Mission Miss Valentina Elangbam was also felicitated during the programme.
Biren flagged off Royal Riders “Motorcycle Rally” to spread awareness on World Environment Day.
The day was observed in different parts of the state.