NEW DELHI: Union minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey said on Friday that the Centre is aiming to increase green cover in urban areas. He went on to say that the Centre has devised a plan to create 400 city forests around the country.
Choubey also stated that a similar “Nagar van” (city forest) will be constructed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramban area and that it would be included in development projects in Ramban as a birthday gift to Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Shah will spend three days in Jammu and Kashmir, beginning today, conducting security assessments and meeting with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) workers.
Choubey made the remarks while speaking with members of the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and the general public. He went on to say that the government is also attempting to instill an environmentally conscious mindset in youngsters and that nurseries will be established in educational institutions to help with this.
A more liberalised policy on the Forest Rights Act is also being developed to assure forest development and protection.
As part of the Centre’s public engagement campaign, the Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest, and Climate Change is visiting Ramban for two days.
A global study reported this week that India lost about 2 million hectares (MHA) of tree cover between 2001 and 2020, an overall drop of approximately 5 percent tree cover since the year 2000.
It went on to say that the Northeastern states accounted for three-quarters of the total loss. The research was conducted by the University of Maryland in the United States. To reach their findings, the experts analysed over a million satellite pictures.