Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao took to the field on Wednesday to stress the importance of extending green cover in the State and instructed all the District Collectors to not only prepare an action plan for revival of forests in forestlands across the State but also implement it immediately.

“If social forestry is the answer to bringing down temperatures in residential areas, forest development will help bring in a change in the atmosphere, help induce rainfall and improve biodiversity,” he said.

Chandrashekhar Rao, who took Ministers, Collectors and lawmakers on a tour for a ring-side view of the afforestation taken up in Gajwel Assembly constituency, personally demonstrated the forest revival programme being implemented at Singayapalli, Nentur and Komati Banda. “At the time of formation of the State, the entire forest area in Gajwel which I represent was parched, without any trees and was an arid patch, akin to a desert. A comprehensive plan was chalked out to revive forests in the forestlands, and its implementation began three years ago. The plan has begun yielding results now,” he said, adding that the entire area is now flush with greenery which also brought about an increase in rainfall.

The Chief Minister said he ensured plantation of 27 different types of fruit-bearing trees along with other species. 

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