This monsoon, the city municipal has decided to plant one lakh trees on Parsik Hill during the monsoon as part of the state government’s mega green initiative Van Mahotsav, 2018. Nearly 13 crore tree will be planted across the state as part of the project. The tree planting will commence on 1st of July, also the day of the drive launch.
With the help of the forest department, NGOs, housing societies and institutions, NMMC will execute this challenging yet helpful task reaching target of planting 1 lakh trees. NMMC tree authority and forest officials also paid visits to various pockets and identified spots where trees can be planted.
The Parsik mountain range from Digha to CBD has been given importance for the green campaign for which ground survey has already been completed. Central Railway-owned Digha dam will be the major location to be developed as a green zone and tourist destination whereas Rabale hills, Mumbradevi, Gavlidev, Sulaidevi hills will be transformed into a green belt.
“We are developing a stretch of Parsik hills from Rabale to Digha as a tourist destination on the lines of the urban social forest. Digha dam area and the Mumbradevi area will be our main thrust,” said NMMC chief Ramaswami N who is also chairman of NMMC Tree Authority.
According to a forest official, “We want NMMC to develop a green patch first and also prevent it from being encroached. This will secure the vast stretch of forest land.” The team visited Ilthanpada, Yadavnagar, Rabale, Sulaidevi, Gavlidev hills and earmarked these spots for the plantation drive.