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Telangana: CM KCR Let’s put greenery concept into practice: Minister KTR’s call

Ministers KTR and Indrakaran Reddy inaugurated the Pedda Amber Pet Kalan Urban Forest Park

Hyderabad: Municipal Minister KTR has called on the people of the state to come forward to fulfill CM KCR’s resolve to achieve 33 per cent greenery in the state.

Minister KTR along with Forest Minister Shri A. Indira Reddy on Thursday morning inaugurated the Rangareddy District Pedda Amber Pet Kalan Urban Forest Park developed by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA).

On this occasion along with two ministers MLA Manchireddy Kishanreddy, MLCs Patnam Mahenderreddy, Shambipur Raju, Ms. Surabhi Vanidevi, A. Shanthikumari, Special Chief Secretary, Forest Department, Arvind Kumar, Chief Secretary, Municipal Department, PCCF R. Shobha, R. M. Dobrial, PCCF (Social Forest), Amy Kumar, Collector are participated and planted the saplings.

Speaking at a meeting chaired by the next Ibrahimpatnam MLA Manchireddy Kishanreddy, Minister KTR said that the Telangana government under the leadership of CM KCR has embarked on the third largest program in human history.

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He thanked the people beyond the parties for being partners in conserving the 220 crore plants and protecting the environment.

Minister KTR said the reports submitted by the Forest Survey of India, a central government agency, were evidence of this. He said he was happy to see 129 parks being developed for greenery enhancement in rural as well as urban areas.

Forest Minister Shri A. Indrakaran Reddy said that the state of Telangana has gained good recognition in the country through the management of the Harithaharam program.

So far, Rs 5,900 crore has been spent under the green belt, 220 crore seedlings have been planted across the state in the last seven years and another 20 crore seedlings are targeted to be planted this year.

Ms. A. Shanthi Kumari, Special Chief Secretary, Forest Department, said that one lakh and sixty thousand acres of forest land in the state is close to urban areas. They are designed in accordance with the public interest, on the orders of the chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. We are planning and implementing 129 urban parks in the state.

She said that with an estimate of about Rs 660 crore for this, 59 parks have been completed so far, of which 32 parks are happy to see development under HMDA.

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