Forest Dept to keep track of saplings
In 2016, the State government announced a massive drive to increase Maharashtra’s green cover, by planting 50 crore saplings by 2019
Pune: Officials of the State Forest Department will use GIS (Geographical Information system) technology to keep track of saplings planted. This year, the State government has planned to plant 13 crore saplings and Pune Forest Department has fixed a target of 55 lakh sapling plantation. On Thursday, officials of the Forest Department said that nearly 46 lakh pits have been dug till date for plantation of 55 lakh saplings.
State Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has requested Bollywood personalities, film distributors and multiplex owners to help the government with the tree plantation drive by encouraging people’s participation through documentaries and public appeals.
In 2016, the State government announced a massive drive to increase Maharashtra’s green cover, by planting 50 crore saplings by 2019. The drive was launched on July 1, 2016, with 2 crore saplings being planted in a day. Last year, 4.6 crore saplings were planted as part of the initiative. To achieve the original target, Mungantiwar has increased this year’s target to 13 crore saplings.