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Green initiative: Saplings to be planted on Ganga riverbank

West Bengal govt received clearance for tree plantation from National Mission for Clean Ganga

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jun 20 2016 3:39PM | Updated Date: Jun 20 2016 3:48PM

Green initiative: Saplings to be planted on Ganga riverbank

The West Bengal government would initiate go green drive in the state and has also received clearance from the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) under operating guidelines. The clearance includes permission to launch a tree plantation drive on the banks of the river Ganga in Bengal.

In a coordination meeting, all the government departments work out the overall plan. State additional chief secretary of urban development department Debashis Sen mentioned on Thursday that the government, under chief minister Mamata Banerjee's leadership, was working on plans to launch a sapling plantation drive across the state during the rains.
Forest Research Institute at Dehra Dun had already prepared a detailed project report to increase the green cover of Bengal's Ganga basin, referring that project Sen pointed out that, the Centre had not yet given the nod to the state.
Without the Centre's approval, the project was getting delayed, as it required time with preparation of the pits, collection and growing of saplings and other preparatory work, he added, during last week meeting.
The authorities then immediately took up the matter. "The project has been cleared by NMCG and the operating guidelines will be sent across after the coordination meeting. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee also instructed to develop greenery across the state.