Green cover witnesses sharp rise across C’garh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Aug 2017 10:03:52











Aug 30,

The tree cover in State has registered a growth of 12 per cent since 2014. The total number of trees is expected to cross  the 27 crore mark in the current year 2017. The last count, in 2014, revealed that Chhattisgarh had 25.2 crore trees. Officials said a tree count was recently undertaken by social forestry division of the Chhattisgarh forest department with the help of ministry of environment and forestry and it revealed that the number of trees has increased by 12 per cent. However, this growth was lower than the growth registered in 2014. Between 2009 and 2013, tree cover had grown by 21 per cent.

A senior official of the forestry department involved said that the count revealed that central as well as north parts of the Chhattisgarh registered a substantial increase, around 23 per cent in tree cover. North Chhattisgarh, central part of the Chhattisgarh as well as East Chhattisgarh regions registered a marginal increase. In South Chhattisgarh, most of the districts such as Bastar, Sukma, Kondagaon, Dantewada, Bijapur and Naryanpur have already been covered by thick forests. But in last few years, owing to urbanization as well as industrialization, many trees were fall down and also administrations reduced the green cover. But now many officials and social activists with support of MPs and MLAs have again motivated people to plant saplings and it helps a lot in increasing of the green cover.

The officials said that in East as well Central Chhattisgarh, there has been an increase in green cover. The official said the count revealed that green cover had increased by around 10% in regions of the Central as well as East Chhattisgarh.A senior officer, who declined to be named, said, ‘There is a marginal increase in districts of Bilaspur and Raipur divisions. However, data for the districts may not be 100% accurate, but in clusters it is certainly close to the statistics being enumerated.

Central Chhattisgarh has seen satisfactory growth and a significant spike was seen in West Chhattisgarh. A marginal increase in tree density was also observed in North Chhattsgarh. The officer said that in south and central Chhattisgarh, the government and administration as well as some Non Government Organisations (NGOs) has encouraged farm bed planting, where trees are grown on the boundaries of fields and farmers can cut them and sell them according to their needs and earn money. This scheme has been beneficial in central parts, as it gets extra income for farmers. However, in districts of Raipur, Bilaspur and Durg divisions, several green pockets on outskirts of town have given way to development projects.

Officials said the final count is being tabulated and once the district-wise comparison is available, it will become clear as to where there has been a fall in green cover and which districts have gained. Gautam Banerjee, environmentalist and social worker asserted that it is good that the green cover has been increased. But in state, districts of Bastar and Surguja divisions also come which are already covered with sufficient amount of trees. But districts of Raipur, Durg and Bilaspur divisions are witnessing a sharp decline in cutting down of trees and because of many health and other complications have come up which cost the lives of future generation too.