10,000 Seedlings Brought From AP To Replenish Bhubaneswar’s Green Cover

Almost ten thousand seedlings were transported to Bhubaneswar from Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh as part of a compensatory plantation drive after Cyclone Fani ravaged through the city’s greenery in early May.

Out of the 10,000 seedlings stocked by the Odisha Forest Development Corporation (ODFC), the city forest division has so far only received 1,000 for plantation. As fragile and exotic species of plants received the most damage during the storm, this time around, cyclone-resistant variants such as Baul, Neem, Karanj and Chhatiyan have been chosen for plantation. Recently, forest minister Bikram Keshari Arukh said that the city had lost 1.2 lakh trees, out of a total of 22 lakh trees that were uprooted across the affected coastal districts.

Ashok Kumar Mishra, the divisional forest officer said that they have started planting the seedlings in a phased manner. “We will continue to procure the seedlings from OFDC. Earlier we selected 37 sites for compensatory plantation with the help of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDC)”, Mishra added.

The city forest division had conducted a survey in the aftermath of the cyclone and made a note of the species which remained unaffected by the high wind speeds. Based on that survey, the species were selected for fresh plantation.

The BDA will take up the plantation drive at prominent parks such as Biju Patnaik Park, Indira Gandhi Park, Buddha Jayanti Park, MG Park, Janata Maidan and its peripheral areas. Saplings will be planted at Jharapada Melana Ground, Jagannath Temple at Pandara, Sailashree Vihar, Kalinga Nagar, and adjoining areas.

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