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UP govt targets increasing green cover to 15 percent by 2030

  • UP Budget 2024-25 (Forest and Environment)
  • Yogi govt proposes a target of planting 35 crore trees in 2024

By Our Correspondent

Lucknow: Finance Minister Suresh Khanna during his budget speech on Monday said that the green cover in Uttar Pradesh currently stood at 9.23 percent, adding that the Uttar Pradesh government has set the target of increasing it to 15 percent by the year 2030. The minister presented in detail the provisions made by the government in this regard in the budget, stressing that consistent efforts were being made for the growth of greenery in the state.

Key points related to forest and environment in the budget speech

● The state government is continuously making efforts to increase greenery in the state. Presently, the forest and tree cover in Uttar Pradesh is 9.23 percent of the geographical area of the state. The target is to increase it to 15 percent by the year 2030.

● In the current financial year 2023-24, for the expansion of greenery in Uttar Pradesh, over 36.16 crore saplings have been planted in the state, against the target of 35 crore. A target of planting 35 crore saplings is proposed in the rainy season 2024.

● Rs 600 crore is proposed for the social afforestation scheme.

● Rs 175 crore is proposed for the nursery management scheme.

● Rs 110 crore is proposed for the programs run under the Green India Mission.

● A provision of Rs 48.94 crore is proposed for Project Tiger and Project Elephant scheme.

● Rs 50 crore is proposed for the establishment of Kukrail Night Safari Park in the Kukrail forest area located in Lucknow district.

 

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