City’s forest cover goes up by 14%

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jan 09, 2016 11:01 IST

As per the satellite imagery and data released by the Forest Survey of India (FSI), Dehradun, the total forest and tree cover in the city has increased from 27.26 sq km to 31.03 sq km, implying an increase of 13.82% of forest and tree cover.

The FSI, the nodal agency for recording forest cover by satellite imagery, has come out with India State of Forest Report-2015.

UT chief conservator of forests Santosh Kumar said this has been made possible due to intensive plantation carried out in the city by various greening agencies such as the forest department, horticulture wings of municipal corporation and engineering department, various NGOs, eco-clubs, resident welfare associations, as per greening action plans. He said increase of forest and tree cover by 13.8% in two years duration is a good achievement, on which the entire city should feel proud of.

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