Japanese funds for Haryana development

Thursday, 23 October 2003, 07:00 Hrs
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CHANDIGARH: Haryana will soon receive funds from Japan to spread its forest cover and boost economic growth in rural areas of the state through forestry programmes.

Haryana environment and forests commissioner D.D. Dhesi Wednesday said, "The Japan Bank of International Cooperation is likely to fund the integrated natural resource development for economic growth in rural Haryana through forestry programmes, involving an investment of about 30 billion."

He said the project would spread over a period of seven years from 2004-2005 and emphasise on afforestation of government forests as all past projects had been confined only to village council lands.

Dhesi said the National Afforestation and Economic Development Board had sanctioned 4.1 billion for implementation of an afforestation project in 13 districts of Haryana in the first phase to cover 16,105 hectares.

He said the European Union (EU) had appreciated the implementation of an afforestation project in Haryana, which is being funded by it.

In a mid-term review, it had reported that its project had been managed very well in Haryana and there had been significant contribution to environmental amelioration through tree planting activities.

Dhesi informed the EUM was impressed with the standards maintained in the project and had strongly recommended expansion of the project activities to another 30 villages.

He said the Haryana community forestry project was being implemented in 232 villages and 56 more villages would be covered during the next financial year and the project would cover an area of about 28,000 hectares.

Dhesi said against a target to cover 19,560 hectares up to March, 2004, as many as 18,523 hectares had already been covered.

Also, 2,300 tree groves and 33,000 kitchen gardens had also been established under the project.

Source: IANS
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