Afforestation activity in Mai Chal Chorian village

05 Dec 2019

As many as 15,000 saplings were planted across 15 hectares of forest land in Mai Chal Chorian village of Dasuya block in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab in 2018-19. The afforestation activity was carried out under PUNCAMPA (Punjab Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority) degraded programme of the state government.

PUNCAMPA is meant to accelerate activities related to conservation of forests and wildlife and development of infrastructure in these sectors. It aims to promote conservation, protection, regeneration and management of forests.

This was reported by a Jal Shakti Abhiyan team that visited a few villages of the district on 6th July, 2019. The team comprised of Central Nodal Officer (CNO) – Dr. Mandeep K. Bhandari, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Block Nodal Officer (BNO) – Shri Prakash Nevatia, Director, Ministry of Commerce and Industry; and Technical Officer (TO) – Shri Maurya Suresh Seopal, Scientist ‘C’, Ministry of Jal Shakti/ CSMRS.
According to Mr. Prakash Nevatia, the District Administration is making all out efforts to replace weeds, dead plants and will engage in pruning in the area, and at the same time, plant new saplings. The original total figure of 15000 plants will be maintained.

To date, nearly 85% of the saplings have survived and plans have been firmed up to maintain the forest.

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