- The Odisha government has directed the Forest Department to implement the ‘Five-year action plan on revival of coastal shelter belt and afforestation programme’ on a mission mode. The five year plan seeks to restore the green cover lost due to Cyclone Fani in the coastal region.
- Under the programme, the state government would undertake the afforestation programme on 8,000 hectares over a five-year period. The initiative will be a collaborated effort of the forest department, different educational institutions, industrial and private organizations.
- Under an urban tree plantation programme, five lakh saplings would be planted in five years. Further, the government has also decided to plant fruit-bearing plants in 12,000 hectares which would help revive the livelihood of many cyclone-affected people.
- Different varieties of cyclone-resistant trees such as Neem, Karanja, Baula, Jamu, Korila, Chatian, Khaira, Arjun, Mahyoni, Ashok, and Dimiri etc. will be planted.
- Nearly 22 lakh trees have been destroyed causing a damage of ₹537 crore when Cyclone Fani had hit the state of Odisha.
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