The Tripura and Mizoram governments have planned to launch mega afforestation schemes in the two Northeastern states.
Tripura forest and tribal welfare minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia said the state government has decided to plant at least 10 lakh trees across the state this year.
“The 70th anniversary of the ‘Banomotsav’ (annual afforestation celebrations) would be held at Sachirambari (in southern Tripura) on July 2. From July 2, plantation of at least ten lakh trees of numerous varieties and species would start simultaneously across the state,” Jamatia told reporters in Agartala.
He said the Tripura government has already announced that it would provide Rs 200 per month to those families residing along important roads for maintaining and protection of the roadside plantations to make Tripura a beautiful green state and attract tourists.
In Mizoram, the state government has also undertaken a massive afforestation programme. The state observed “Green Mizoram Day” on Tuesday.
Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga said the state would be made a model among the eight Northeastern states with the planting of lakhs of trees in the coming days.
A top forest official said around 39 lakh trees had been planted in the state since 1999.