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Bokaro’s green mission

Monsoon has sown the seeds of a green revolution in Bokaro.

The local forest division has decided to go on a massive plantation drive across eight blocks of the district, where more than 10 lakh trees of various kinds will be planted over the next few months. The department, which is facing an acute staff crunch, will be taking help from local village committees to make the exercise a success.

“Apart from kusum, ber and palash trees, which help in lac cultivation, we will also plant some fruit-bearing species like jackfruit and mangoes. Teak, sal, mahogany and sesame will be also planted along with khair, Aclisia and chakunda. We have decided to carry out afforestation on 400 hectares of forest land. Gair majrua (government) land alongside state and national highways will be used to construct 2,000 gabions to protect the saplings,” said district forest officer Arvind Manish.

The areas that will boast the green cover include rebel-hit Nawadih, Kasmar, Petarwar, Gomia, Bermo, Chandrapura and Jaridih.

Forest officials admitted that a survey undertaken in these areas by the department had revealed that land mafia in connivance with unscrupulous elements was destroying the greenery in a bid to grab forest acres.

Concerned, the department decided to involve the local residents in the save-tree campaign. Over the past two months, Manish held a series of meetings at almost all village panchayats in every block. The villagers agreed to lend a helping hand.