Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao held a forest revival meeting in Siddipet with District Collectors on Wednesday and directed them to come up with a forest revival plan and start implementing programs of forest regeneration.
The Minister was reviewing the restoration works in forests of Singaipalli, Nenturu, and Komatikonda. He urged the district officials to chalk out a forest plan which can improve the forest cover in the state. He told the officials that the state still does not have the forest cover as against 23.4 percent of the forest land. He also underlined the significance of social forestry and its related impacts on society.
He mentioned that social forestry can go a long way in reducing the rising temperature in the urban areas. It can also help the atmosphere in rebalancing to its natural order, thus leading to more rainfall and enhanced diversity. Taking Gajewal constituency as the model for forest revival, he showed the success of his continuous efforts in transforming the region’s greenery.
Rao told that at the time when he was elected from Gajewal seat, the area was like an arid patch of treeless landscape. With his elaborative plan and 3 years of strenuous work, the area is now filled with a luscious green cover and have around 27 varieties of fruit-bearing trees. The region has also witnessed increased rainfall because of the increased greenery.
Explaining the importance of forest revival program, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests R Shobha and Additional PCCF RM Dobrial emphasized on the benefits of the program. They told the officials that an increase in forests has the potential to reduce temperature, pollution, therefore, enhancing rainfall and biodiversity. Later on the day, Collectors also visited the Mission Bhagiratha Plant built at Komati Banda.