District Collector PS Pradyumna watering a sapling at Mogarala village in Pakala mandal on Wednesday
Tirupati: District Collector PS Pradyumna has initiated the ‘Palle Vanam’ (rural afforestation programme) at Mogarala village in Pakala Mandal. Speaking on the occasion, the Collector said that every village should become a ‘Palle Vanam’ for providing clean environment to the future generations.
“To fulfill the Chief Minister’s directive to improve forest cover by 50 per cent in the State by 2029, ‘Palle Vanalu’ type of programmes are compulsory. When the plants grow up and become big trees, they will help in providing a natural shelter for the villagers to relax. Walking tracks and benches will improve the ambience of the villages in a big way,” he maintained.
The Chittoor district has 31.37 per cent of forest cover and it should be increased, he said and added government will provide Rs 50,000 to establish ‘Palle Vanams’ in three acres. Pradyumna said that the district witnessed good rains this year compared to the last 15 years. He advised the farmers to cultivate commercial crops, which consumes less water.
He asked the villagers to build individual toilet in every house and become ODF village. When villagers asked the Collector to provide CC roads, new building for Anganwadi Centre, compound walls to school and Edga ground, the Collector assured them they will be provided only if the village becomes ODF in 10 days.
Villagers assured that their village will become ODF within 15 days. The Collector also visited the school in the village. DFO Srinivasulu, Project Directors Ravi Prakash Reddy, Kurmanath, DPO Prabhakar Rao, Tahasildar Babu Rajendra Prasad and others were present.