‘Saplings not suitable for river conservation’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jul 2017 10:24:23


Staff Reporter,

Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh has claimed that tree saplings planted on Sunday for Narmada river conservation are not at all suitable for river conservation work. Singh said that even environmentalists have told that these saplings will not be able to survive even for six months. Taking swipe on ambitious plantation drive of State Government, Singh stated that a whopping sum of Rs 860 crore from Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) will be spent on maintenance of saplings.

Government has grossly misappropriated the sum that was supposed to be given in the form of labour against development work. He also claimed that reports have poured in from many districts that they did not get saplings according to target.

He added that saplings of trees like “Jamun”, “Amroodh”, “Ambla”, etc. have been considered for plantation drive and these species are not at all helpful in river conservation. Notably, State Government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, had gone for plantation of 6 crore saplings on the banks of Narmada river so that this ancient river could be protected for future generations. The plantation drive along the river bed of Narmada river was announced by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan soon after culmination of ambitious Narmada Seva Yatra. Government had also announced to ban mining by heavy machines to protect state rivers.