Bhubaneswar, August 18 (LocalWire): The state government today launched a free-seedling-distribution drive to involve people in regenerating ‘lost’ greenery in an attempt to compensate the loss of tree cover due to Cyclone Fani.
The cyclone in May had barreled through coastal Odisha and uprooted around 22 lakh trees.
People in general spontaneously participated in the free-seedlings-distribution initiative at Biju Patnaik Park and the vehicles were flagged off by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.
The programme was also simultaneously launched in Puri and Cuttack that were badly hit by Cyclone Fani.
Five lakh seedlings were distributed free to people to be sown in the compounds of their houses and the periphery.
‘The spontaneous public response to the initiative leads us to believe that people have begun to realize the importance of a green barrier to reduce the intensity of cyclonic storms.
We are thankful to HDFC Bank which sponsored the drive from its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds,’ Chief Secretary Padhi told reporters here.
Among others, Principal Secretary Finance Ashok Kumar Meena, Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Sandeep Tripathy graced the occasion.