Fani Aftermath: Odisha Govt To Undertake Massive Plantation Drive
Bhubaneswar: In view of the massive destruction to trees in Cyclone Fani, the Odisha government has proposed a massive plantation/afforestation drive to make up for the green cover lost in the cyclone-ravaged coastal districts.
Under the initiative titled ‘Five Year Action Plan on Revival of Coastal Shelter Belt and Afforestation Programme’, Rs 200 crore will be spent in the coastal districts of Puri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack where trees will be planted in the 8000-hectare area.
According to reports, 65 lakh saplings will be distributed in the cyclone-affected districts to bring back the green cover. 50 lakh saplings will be given free of cost to organizations and individuals.
Besides, the Odisha Government is also undertaking efforts to stabilise 30, 000 partially uprooted trees.
Furthermore, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has created 220 composting pits in its 55 parks across the city to treat green garbage generated during cyclone Fani.