Kolkata: The Tripura government on Saturday said it had planted 6,500 trees in just a minute around National Highway-8 at Gomti district.
The record plantation was done with the help of administrative officials, forest department, school and college students and locals on the occasion of ‘Van Mahotsava’ at Udaipur in Gomti district.
While expressing his gratitude, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said, “I would like to thank all for taking part in this great initiative. This step under ‘Green Tripura’ initiative will not only preserve our environment, but also add to the state's beauty. I would like to request all to make Tripura clean and green.”
He said, “To conserve environment and nature, the state forest department is taking all necessary steps. Therefore, on Saturday, we planted 4 to 5 feet long saplings so that they don't die. During the current year, till date, plantation has taken place in 5,500 hectares of land of which 71 per cent of saplings has survived.”
“Since 2016, there was a decreasing trend of new plantation, but since the new BJP-IPFT government came to power, the number of saplings plantated has gone up and also their survival rate,” the chief minister said.
He announced that those who are living or having land near main roads will be getting a monthly amount of Rs 200 for planting trees and or its maintenance. “Nearly 2 lakh families will become beneficiaries of the scheme,” Deb said.