More than 17 crore trees have been planted in Bihar so far as part of efforts to achieve 15 per cent greenery by 2017, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said today.
Bihar had launched the ‘Hariyali Mission’ in 2012 and fixed a target to plant 24 crore trees by 2017, Kumar said addressing a function at the Sanjay Gandhi botanical garden here on the occasion of wild life week.
He said more than 17 crore sapling have already been planted and exuded hope the target would be achieved before 2017.
Forest minister Tej Pratap Yadav and Principal Secretary of Forest and Environment Vivek Kumar Singh were present at the function.
The CM said the state government was providing free plants to citizens and also paying attention to protect these planted saplings.
Expressing a firm commitment to increase green coverage in the state, Kumar said we would not rest after achieving the 15 per cent targeted greenery by 2017, rather would enhance the target to 17 per cent.
Increased greenery would attract rain from cloud towards itself, he said talking about advantages of the green cover.
He said on an average Bihar receives 1,200 mm to 1,500 mm rain annually after the monsoon arrives in the state around June 2 to 12.
“But, in the past 11 years, except for three years, Bihar got less than 1,000 mm of rainfall,” he said dispelling common belief that there was no shortage of water in the state.
Kumar said the imbalance of environment was causing a change in the state’s weather pattern.
The CM stressed upon increase in awareness about wild lives among people and underlined the importance of maintaining environmental balance.