Telangana sees record rise in green cover


Hyderabad: The continuous efforts of the state government to adopt Telangana Ku Haritha Haram and ensure the survival of the trees has helped increase the forest and tree cover across the state, with the Reserve Bank of India also recognizing the same. Handbook of Statistics on the States of India. Meanwhile […]

Date of publication – 23:30, Sunday – 20 November 22

Telangana sees record rise in green cover

Hyderabad: The continuous efforts of the state government to adopt the Telangana Ku Haritha Haram and ensure the survival of the plants with regular maintenance has helped in increasing the forest and tree cover across the State, as the Reserve Bank of India has also recognized the same in its Handbook. Statistics about the states of India.

Telangana increased its forest cover by 632 km2 in just two years from 2019 to 2021, the growth achieved in this aspect is unlikely to be matched by other large States. In terms of tree cover too, Telangana’s initiatives have borne fruit as the tree cover has increased by 334 km² in two years. In contrast, tree cover in Gujarat decreased by 1,423 km², while in Madhya Pradesh it decreased by 285 km², indicating the BJP-ruled States’ commitment to greening.

All the achievements of Telangana have been highlighted in the RBI Handbook released on Saturday. The state’s forest cover has increased from 19,854 km² in 2015 to 21,214 km² in 2021. All this was not achieved overnight and the State government had to plan a long-term initiative. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao led the Haritha Haram initiative from the front and the State planted a huge.
235.59 million seeds against the target of 230 million seeds under the program till January 2022, achieving 102.6 percent planting.

Also, the tree cover went from 2,549 km2 in 2015 to 2,848 km2 in 2021. Despite being the youngest State in the country, Telangana stands as a role model for other states to increase forest and tree cover, garnering worldwide appreciation.

The state government launched Haritha Haram in 2015-16 when the forest cover was 19,854 sq km. Since then, the effective execution of the program and regular watering and maintenance of the plants contributed to a steady increase in forest cover.

The forest cover increased to 20,419 km² in 2017, increased to 20,582 km² in 2019 and again increased to 21,214 km² in 2021. Similarly, tree cover, which was 2,549 km² in 2015, increased to 6 km² in 2015 and 6 km² in 2015. to 2,514 km² in 2019. By 2021, it reached 2,848 km².

Tree cover is defined as the part of trees recorded outside forest areas, outside the forest cover and smaller than the minimum mapping area of ​​one hectare.

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