As part of the efforts to improve green cover across Chittoor district, with emphasis on developing ‘Palle Vanam’ parks, the Forest Department’s social forestry wing is mulling roping in NGOs.
At present, social forestry officials are distributing five plant species for every village household across the district and by engaging the services of NGOs, they seek to ensure sustainability of the process in creating the parks.
Divisional Forest Officer (Social Forestry) G. Srinivasulu said that ‘Palle Vanam’ was an extension of creating lung spaces in rural areas, augmented by features beneficial to the locals.
“Under this, available government land will be developed with greenery. The parks will have walking tracks, cement benches, children play area and much more. The entire facility will host a wide variety of plants,” he added.
Mr. Srinivasulu said sunken sandpits would be to enable the rural youth to improve their physical fitness as well as practise for competitive examinations linked to uniformed government services.
Emphasising the need for concerted effort, Mr. Srinivasulu said they would also identify villagers who are committed to the cause, and link them with NGOs and government departments concerned.
“For example, there is an immense opportunity to distribute ‘Vruksha Prasadam’ for devotees, across 3,000 temples in the district. A local person, a representative identified for this work, can coordinate with temple as well as social forestry officials, for their requirements,” he maintained.
In addition to this, the officials are also planning to develop, among others, barren hillocks and areas in the vicinity of water sources with a potential for eco-tourism, with greenery.
The social forestry wing is also offering various plant species to members of the farming community, free of cost, from its 41 nursery sites across the district.
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