Chandigarh July 28: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal today directed the Forest Department to identity 50 to 100 acres of land in the low lying areas adjoining Yamuna river and Delhi to construct reservoirs. This, he said would not only help in conservation of water, but would also increase the land under forest.
Mr Manohar Lal who was presiding over a meeting to review the functioning of Forest Department here today. He also asked the Department to find ways and means to transfer such land to the forest department which is lying unused in different parts of the State so as to develop forestry. He said that State Government is committed to increase the area under forest.
The Chief Minister said that the Department could identify land in the areas of Faridabad, Rohtak and Jhajjar and adjoining river Yamuna for setting up reservoirs and added that the land on which reservoirs would be constructed could later be transferred to the Forest Department. He also stressed the need to encourage farmers to plant saplings of commercial value so as to increase their income.
The Chief Minister said that apart from planting saplings, special emphasis should be given on their survival. He directed the officers to prepare a mechanism to provide online information about the number of saplings planted in an area and number of plant survived so as to ensure transparency. He directed the officers to hire volunteers who would every month visit the areas to be assigned to them to look after the plants. These volunteers would get certificate from the State Government for their contribution, he added.
It was informed in the meeting that out of the 11 Eco Sensitive Zones identified in the State, ten have been approved by the State Government barring the Bir Shikargah Wildlife Sanctuary in district Panchkula which is in the advanced stage of approval. These Eco Sensitive Zones are in Sultanpur National Park in district Gurgaon, Kalesar National Park and Kalesar Wild Life Sanctuary in district Yamunanagar, Khol-Hi-Raitan Wildlife Sanctuary in district Panchkula, Bhindawas Wildlife Sanctuary and Khaparwas Wildlife Sanctuary in district Jhajjar, Nahar Wildlife Sanctuary in district Rewari, Chilchhila Wildlife Sanctuary in district Kurukshetra, Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary which is o to 1.5 kilometer from Haryana side, in Chandigarh and Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary in Delhi (100 meters to 1000 meters in district Faridabad and upto 100 meters in district Gurgaon).
It was also informed in the meeting that 2.38 crore plants have been distributed and planted in the State during 2015-16. Triphla Project has been sanctioned by National Medicinal Plants Board, involving an investment of Rs 2.34 crores for the conservation and development of Harad, Baheda and Amla in Panchkula, Ambala and Yamunanagar districts. It was informed in the meeting that 12 lakh grafted fruit plants would be planted in the households in the State during the year 2016-17 under Har Ghar Hariyali scheme. So far, 6.31 lakh such plants have been planted.
Other present in the meeting included Haryana Forest Minister Rao Narbir Singh, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. Rakesh Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary Forest and Wild Life Department Mr R.R Jowel, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Dr Amrinder Kaur, Conservator of Forests, South Circle, Gurgaon Mr . M.D. Sinha and other senior officers of the State Government.