DEHRADUN, April 6
In order to revive Rispana river, 1.5 lakh saplings will be planted on one day in July. A record number of saplings would be planted in one day in the remote mountainous region. The digging of pits for planting saplings will start from May 5. This work will be started from Shikhar Fall, the source of Rispana river ahead of Rajpur area. Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh reviewed the preparations for the plan in secretariat on Friday. He said that besides forest department, Eco-Task Force, Irrigation Department, people’s participation in this mission should be ensured. The help of various organizations, NGOs and students should also be taken.
It was informed in the meeting that the area of river Rispana has been divided into blocks from head to tail. The sub-blocks have also been identified to facilitate the work. The task of cleaning the river has been started. The work of clearing the bushes has begun, for digging pits for planting saplings.
Out of 75 acres, 25 acres is within the reach while the remaining 50 acres are in inaccessible mountainous areas. Work plans have been prepared for planting saplings in the entire area. The forest department and Eco-Taskforce have been asked to provide 1.5 lakh saplings. Instructions were given to plant at least 50 thousand fruit plants so that the wild animals can get fruit in the forests to eat. The plantation of fruit trees can prevent human- wildlife conflict. The saplings of mango, bail, anwla and jamun will be planted.
Among those present in the meeting were Principal Secretary Irrigation- Anand Bardhan, Secretary Drinking Water- Arvind Singh Hayanki, DM Dehradun- S.A. Murugeshan, City Commissioner Vijay Jogdande, VC MDDA- Ashish Shrivastava, Forest Conservator P.K. Patro, Eco Taskforce Major Karan, MAD organization’s Abhijay Negi and many other officers.