52L saplings to be planted in Pune district

Neha Basudkar
Monday, 25 February 2019

Vivek Khandekar said, “Since the Pune districts forest areas are scattered at various places including Junnar, Bhor, Maval and others, we are still under the process of consolidating land for plantation.”

PUNE: Under the State Government’s Green Maharashtra Mission, 33 crore plantation drive will take place on the State’s forest land. In Pune’s forest area, around 52 lakh saplings will be planted under this mission. 

The Forest Department is chalking out a plan of planting the saplings in forest areas of Pune district. Vivek Khandekar, Chief Conservator of Forest (Pune Division) said, “Since the Pune districts forest areas are scattered at various places including Junnar, Bhor, Maval and others, we are still under the process of consolidating land for plantation.”

Under the mission, Pune forest department will plant 52.58 lakh saplings in various parts of the district’s forest areas. Roughly around 1,000 samplings can be planted in one hectare.

All governing body department heads were instructed to keep plots of land ready for the drive by making digging the pits and fertilising them by March 2019. They were also asked to not plant trees within a km of rivers and encouraged to plant fruits and bamboo trees on private land. They were also asked to enlist public participation in huge numbers and tie-up with corporates and NGOs.

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