Every district will have to identify some three to four such sites where plantation could be done for raising green belts. Such a scheme has been planned by the department for the first time. And, plantation for raising green belts might begin on June 5, the World Environment Day.The officers at the divisional level are carrying out physical verification of the identified sites to find out if the chosen sites will be fit for plantation. Besides, to ensure the high survival rate of the plantation done, department has issued directions to plant only 8 feet to 12 feet long saplings. The smaller saplings are eaten away by animals, most of the times. There are also specifications issued for the types of species to be planted. Local species have to be planted extensively. Besides, the varieties planted should be decorative, easily found and shade-bearing trees.
Not only this, at every plantation site, department will have to erect a board reading out the details of the scheme to all and sundry. In order to give the scheme a people-connect, department will encourage plantation in green belts by people, to mark occasions like ‘Van Mahotsav’ on July 1.