Mangaluru, Nov 6, 2015: A Green School Garden -Hasiru Shaala Vana set up at the Sarapady Government High School at a cost of Rs 5 lakhs will be inaugurated by State Minister for Forest and DK District in-charge Minister B Ramanatha Rai at a function to be held on November 7, Saturday.
This was informed to reporters here on November 6, Friday by Vinay Luthra, State Principal Chief Conservator of Forest at the Aranya Bhavan at Alape Padil. He said Ariyadka village in Puttur taluk has been identified under the Green Village Scheme aimed at creating awareness among villagers on the need to conserve greenery and forests. Works on the same would be taken up at the earliest, he said adding a Tree Park is being developed at Tannirbavi village and works on the same is in the final stage. Steps will also be taken to popularise Chinnara Vanya Darshana Scheme he added.
Vinay Luthra informed that the Mangaluru Forest circle comprising Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts apart from some places in Chikmagalur and Shimoga districts has a total geographical area of 8,64,563 hectares out of which 2,87,64l.19 hectares falls under Notified Forest Areas. Revenue records of 98 per cent of the notified forest areas has been updated, he added.
He also informed that 4204.23 hectares of area has been afforested during 2015-16 as against the target of 4082.46 hectares. Under the SCP Programme, Solar Lamps, Sarala Ole, LPG Connection, gobar gas, solar water heater and beekeeping boxes have been distributed to 323 beneficiaries during 2014-15, he added.
He said a total of 146 farmers have received compensation of Rs 12.40 lakhs for loss of crops due to wild animals during 2015-16.
Luthra also informed that a medicinal garden in memory of Deyi Baidethi, the mother of Tulunadu legends Koti and Chennaya is being developed on a 9.15 acre land at Padumale at a cost of Rs 70 lakhs.
Sanjay Bijoor, Chief Conservator of Forests of Mangaluru Circle and other officials were present.