K E Krishna Murthy calls for increasing forest cover in Kurnool

K E Krishna Murthy calls for increasing forest cover in Kurnool
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Later, addressing a gathering, the Minister said, 11 lakh saplings were planted on  one day as part of  Haritha Andhra Pradesh in the district. Expressing his concern over deterioration of forest cover in the district which has only 19.91 per cent forest cover in an area of 3,500 sq kilometre, he stressed the need to increase the cover to 50 per cent. 

Kurnool: Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Revenue, Registration and Stamps, K E Krishna Murthy said planting a tree would lead to a healthy society in the long run and called upon people to plant at least one sapling for each person. Krishna Murthy launched Haritha Andhra Pradesh programme at exhibition ground here on Friday.

Later, addressing a gathering, the Minister said, 11 lakh saplings were planted on one day as part of Haritha Andhra Pradesh in the district. Expressing his concern over deterioration of forest cover in the district which has only 19.91 per cent forest cover in an area of 3,500 sq kilometre, he stressed the need to increase the cover to 50 per cent.

Krishna Murthy said efforts were on to plant coconut trees at irrigation tanks, various varieties of plant in vacant government lands and plant fruit-bearing plants in every household.

Stating that 10 people would get oxygen for a life time from each tree, he said this fact should alone prompt everyone to plant at least one tree. District Collector Challa Vijay Mohan said the oxygen we inhale comes from the trees and without them there is no existence of human beings, so people should take up the plantation drive in a campaign mode.

Urging people to be part and parcel in creating a healthy society, he said every person should plant at least five saplings besides taking the responsibility to rear them.

The Collector said it is in the hands of the youth to transform the entire district into green zone and advised teachers, lecturers and other employees to inculcate the necessity of plantation among children and youth. He added that a target of 1.18 crore sapling had been set for this monsoon season.

Kurnool MLA S V Mohan Reddy said around 30,000 fruit-bearing plants had been kept ready for supply to every household and those who need them could call the toll free number 18004259766. Vijayavanam was planned to develop in an extent of 100 acres on the outskirts of the city with a cost of Rs 15 crores, he said.

Superintendent of Police Ake Ravi Krishna, Forest Conservator J S N Murthy also spoke. Joint Collector-2 Ramaswamy, Revenue Division Officer L Raghu Babu, Division Forest Officer Savithri Bai, Municipal Commissioner Ravindra Babu and others were present.

Meanwhile, SP Ake Ravi Krishna organised a plantation drive on Police Office premises as part of Vanam-Manam programme. He, along with the families of police personnel, planted saplings. Saying that every complainant should feel a healthy and pleasant atmosphere at the police station, he called for the station premises to be turned green with plants.

DSPs D V Ramana Murthy, J Babu Prasad, Hussain Peera, A Ramachandra, CIs Mulakanna, Maheshwar Reddy and other officials took part in the drive.

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