Pune: With the State government all set to achieve its target of planting 13 crore saplings in July this year, Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, on Thursday, said that the target can be achieved by following the Ranmala village model in Khed taluka where special occasions in a family is celebrated by planting a sapling.
The minister was in the city to take a review of the ongoing progress to achieve the target. While talking to reporters on Thursday afternoon, Mungantiwar said that out of the 13 crore target set by the State, Pune has been given a target of 1.55 crore plantation this year. “12,481 spots have been identified and 299 lakh saplings are available with the Forest Department.
117 lakh pits are ready and 33 different departments have been roped in to achieve the target. The saplings will be planted in July,” added Mungantiwar. The minister stressed on the plant survival rate and said that nearly 90 per cent of the plants, which were planted in 2017 have survived this year.
As per information shared by the Divisional Commissioner’s Office, 23 lakh saplings were planted in Pune in 2016, out of which, 63 per cent survived. Out of the 23 lakh sapling planted in Pune in 2017, 73 per cent survived.
“We have started visiting the places saplings have been planted every two months to check the survival rate,” added Mungantiwar.
The minister said that green cover in non forest area of Maharashtra increased by 273 square kilometre, which is a great achievement. To spread awareness about forest conservation and environment, the minister said that the State is targeting a green army of 1 crore people, who will spread the message of forest conservation. In Pune, the strength of green army has reached 7.1 lakh and the government is targeting to raise the number to 13.6 lakh.