PUNE: In 2018, the Pune Forest Department had planted 55 lakh trees and the survival rate was 87 per cent. Due to water scarcity, the survival rate of such plants in Indapur, Daund and Baramati was very low last year. However, from this year onwards, the State government had made provision to provide water to such areas to enable the saplings to thrive.
While giving out information about the plantation drive, Deputy Conservator of Forests (Pune division) A Srilakshmi said, “Last year, out of the saplings planted in Indapur, Daund and Baramati, almost 50 per cent did not survive, as there was no water. But from this year, the State government will provide water during the summer months.” She said water will probably be drawn from nearby dams and supplied either through a sprinkler network or via water tankers. “Details are yet to be finalised,” she told Sakal Times.
This year, 33 crore saplings will be planted under various plantation drives between July 1 and September 30 in Maharashtra, and in Pune district, 152.36 lakh saplings will be planted.
Maharashtra’s Finance and Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar had announced that 50 crore saplings will be planted in the State between 2016 and 2020.
She further stated that in May and October, the department carried out site monitoring to prepare the database of the trees planted. Satellite mapping and geotagging are also used to keep a check on the drive and its survival rates.