Punjab forest and wildlife minister Chunni Lal Bhagat on Monday inspected nurseries of the department and said different varieties of trees were now being grown in the forest department's nurseries that were beneficial for the state.
He said even willow that was a tree grown in Kashmir was also being grown in nurseries in Punjab.
Bhagat visited nurseries in Ludhiana and Phillour in Jalandhar district on Monday.
He said several trees had been planted in the state during the past sometime. “An NGO also started a campaign in Ludhiana to plant one lakh trees in Ludhiana, saplings for which were provided by the forest department. This was a positive initiative and should be repeated so that common people can get involved in saving environment,” Bhagat said.
He said the department would also take an initiative of bio-drainage in which eucalyptus trees would be planted in areas where problem of water logging was persistent.
The state government has also submitted a report on upgradation of zoos in Ludhiana that has to be approved by the central zoo authority.
Bhagat said different varieties of crocodiles would also be introduced in Punjab as soon as permission for the same was granted.