Under the Andhra Pradesh Government’s Neeru-Chettu program, the forest department of Andhra Pradesh is now planning a massive sapling plantation drive to raise the green cover in Guntur district. As part of it, over one crore saplings would be planted across the district, including 15 lakh in Amaravati capital region.

With monsoon ready to hit the state, the officials are making arrangements to start the program and finish it by July. Apart from manual plantation, they also have plans to drop seeds from helicopters in hilly areas.

“Current forest cover in the district is about 15 per cent and we hope to raise it to 20 to 23 per cent in the coming few years,” said District Forest Officer K Mohan Rao.

The forest department is also planning to develop bio-fencing with hedge plants in about 100 schools and the bunds of the tanks that have been de-silted under the ‘Neeru – Chettu’ programme.

“We want to promote greenery as it would help bring down the environmental pollution,” he said.

15 lakh saplings will be given to the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) for planting them in the Amaravati capital region.

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