Bhubaneswar, May 28 (LocalWire): The Odisha government is planning a huge plantation drive for a period of five years to offset the loss of 20 lakh trees in cyclone Fani, an official said on Tuesday.
The idea is to create a green barricade along the coast to minimize the impact of cyclonic storms in future, said the official.
A sum of Rs 200 crore will be allocated for the “Five-year action plan on revival of coastal shelter belt and afforestation programme” to be executed in Puri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, covering 8,000 hectares.
Around 65 lakh saplings will be distributed to create a green cover in Fani affected areas as per the directions of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the official added.
Under the programme, 50 lakh saplings will be given to organizations and individuals for free. 30,000 partially uprooted trees will be stabilized and fruit-bearing trees will be planted on 22,000 hectares.
In addition, an inter-cropping financial package will be provided to farmers. According to a preliminary government report, the loss on account of damage to forest cover is estimated at Rs 537 crore.
Furthermore, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has created 220 composting pits in 55 parks across the city to treat green garbage generated during cyclone Fani.
Cyclone Fani made landfall on Odisha coast on May 3 and left a trail of destruction in its wake.