Union Home Minister Amit Shah is to launch Vriksharopan Abhiyan in New Delhi today. The Union Home Minister will also inaugurate and lay the Foundation stone of 6 Eco parks/ Tourism sites. The inauguration event will take place through Video Conferencing across more than 130 locations spread in 38 Districts of 10 coal and lignite bearing States. Large scale plantation to be carried out by Coal/Lignite PSUs under Coal Ministry.
♦ Vriksharopan Abhiyan is organized by the Ministry of Coal.
♦ It will involve all Coal/Lignite Public sector undertakings (PSUs) during which large scale plantation would be carried out in mines, colonies, offices, and other suitable areas of Coal/Lignite PSUs.
♦ The seedlings will be distributed in nearby areas for promoting plantation by society.
♦ The eco-parks/tourism sites will provide avenues for recreation, adventure, water sport, bird watching, etc. for the people residing in nearby areas.
♦ The sites will be integrated to form part of the tourism circuit.
♦ These sites are aimed to generate revenue for self-sustenance and create employment potential for local people.
♦ The key thrust area of the coal sector is Going Green. It involves maximization of green cover through ecological reclamation of mined-out areas and overburden dumps, a plantation in and around mines, and avenue plantation suitable places.
♦ The Going Green initiative will begin with the active participation of coal/lignite PSUs and private miners. Three coal/lignite PSUs namely Coal India Limited (CIL), NLC India Limited (NLCIL) and Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) have set an ambitious target to cover 1789 Ha of the area in and around the coalfields under bio-reclamation/plantation (1626 Ha), creation of grassland (70 Ha), Hi-tech Cultivation (90 Ha) and Bamboo Plantation (3 Ha).