CM seeks 100 Crore from Centre to develop 188 forest blocks under HMDA

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Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao requested the Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Dr Harsh Vardhan to accord environmental permission for the stage- II Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Project.

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He was speaking to the Union Minister who called on him at Pragathi Bhavan today to congratulate on his electoral victory. On this occasion, the CM along with officials had a meeting with the Union Minister whom he requested to restore the ratio of 70:30 per cent under ad-hoc CAMPA rules as per Supreme Court orders.  CM thanked the Union Minister for according environmental permissions to Kaleshwaram Project and invited him to visit the project site which is under advanced construction as well as some places in the state to personally see the programmes undertaken for the development of greenery for which Union Minister agreed positively. 

The Union Minister was briefed through a power point presentation on the implementation of Telangana Ku Harithaharam programme in the state, action to protect the forest, efforts for forest rejuvenation, development of social forestry etc. The CM has requested the Union Minister to sanction Rs 100 Crore from Central share of CAMPA funds for supporting the state government initiative of developing 188 forests blocks in Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority limits.

The Union Minister while complimenting the efforts of the state government to improve the greenery, said that the union government is planning to bring a new Act for the protection of forests and suggested that more and more awareness programmes have to organised to ensure that society at large realises the need for massive plantation programme. 

Chief Advisor to Government Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary SK Joshi,  Special Chief Secretary Ajay Mishra, CMO Principal Secretary S Narsing Rao, CMO special Secretary Bhupal Reddy, PCCF PK Jha, CCF Raghuveer, Additional PCCF Shoba, Pollution Control Board Member Secretary Satyanarayana, Irrigation ENC Muralidhar Rao, CMO OSD Priyanka Varghese were among those who participated in the meeting. Later the CM had lunch with the Union Minister and other officers.