Raipur : Chhattisgarh Government’s Additional Chief Secretary for Panchayat and Rural Development and Forest Department Mr. RP Mandal gave instructions to conduct intensive plantation drive in cowsheds, grasslands, vacant patches on government land and all the gardens in urban areas with community participation, during ongoing monsoon session. In the meeting, Mr. Mandal said that with plantation drive, it is important to ensure that the saplings are protected. Mr. Mandal today chaired a meeting of Raipur Division’s District Collectors, CEOs of Jila Panchayats and Forest Division Officers, and reviewed the progress of plantation works, cowsheds, grasslands and ‘Narva’ treatment. Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Mandal said that at least 400 saplings should be planted in each cowshed and nearly 2000 saplings should be planted in each of the grasslands. He directed the officials concerned to ensure regular monitoring of every sapling. He said that plantation drive should also be conducted in gardens of all the urban bodies of the division including capital city Raipur. He said that Forest Department will conduct intensive plantation drive in Nava Raipur Atal Nagar, PHQ campuse, IIM campus, IIIT campus, Law University campus and other big campuses of educational institutions. He directed the officials to ensure public participation in the plantation drive and proper care of the saplings planted should also be ensured. Mr. Mandal also directed them to mark patches on riverbanks and ensure intensive plantation. Mr. Mandal said that people interested in planting saplings in thier homes, they will be provided home delivery of saplings on one call through ‘Hariyali Prasar’ vehicle. He directed all the DFOs to promote this service widely. Additional Chief Secretary directed the officials that nearly 10-15 acres of land should be marked near cities and city forests should be developed by October 2 i.e. by Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti. City forests would be known as Forest Gandhi Oxy Town.

‘Narva’ should be treated in such away that it supplies water round the year

Mr. Mandal informed that under Narva Vikas Yojana, canals will be treated scientifically and utilized to enable water supply for irrigation of farms and for improving water-table. He directed all the District Collectors to mark such ‘naalas’ in thier areas for treatment under Narva Vikas Yojana. A presentation based on selection of ‘naala’, baseline survey, treatment area earmarking etc was given in the meeting. District Collectors, CEOs of Jila Panchayat and DFOs were informed about the set target for plantation, cowsheds and grasslands. The meeting was attended by Panchayat and Rural Development Department Secretary Mr. TC Mahavar, Principal Chief Forest Conservator Mr. Rakesh Chaturvedi, Cheif Forest Conservator Mrs. Sanjeeta Gupta, Forest Development Corporation Managing Director Mr. Rajesh Govardhan, Collector Raipur Dr S Bhartidasan, Collector Balodabazar Mr. Kartikey Goyal, Collector Gariaband Mr. Shyam Dhavde, Collector Dhamtari Mr. Rajat Bansal and CEOs Jila Panchayat along with DFOs and other officials concerned from all five districts of the division.