Punjab Government has planned a special plantation drive for water logged areas with the investment of Rs 90 crore.Surjit Kumar Jayani, Forest & wild Life Security Minister said that the drive to be kicked off from Sri Muktsar Sahib district, where saplings on 3000 hectare area would be planted. He said that the plantation drive would also be executed over degraded area covering 4500 hectare chunk of land.The Minister further said that the department has decided to consult the experts before executing the plantation drive in the water logged area so that such specialized variety of trees be planted in the area to reduce the effect of water logging.
Jayani emphasized the need to provide good variety of plants for agro forestry, he said that 10 lakh new clonal plants have been setup over an area of 60 lakh hectare in different forest zones of the state, which would produce new clones of Popular.
He said that for the development of kandi area one piolt project has been started in the Talwara region, where lantana herb is being uprooted and good quality bamboo, Amala, fodder etc is being planted. He further said that under this project Medicinal & Herbal plants nursery is also being brought up in the area of 25 hectares in the village Bhotli near Talwara.