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April 24, 2024 11:34 pm

Haryana takes measures to prevent soil erosion in Shivalik Hill and Aravalli Hills Region

The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, May 25

The Haryana Chief Secretary, Sanjeev Kaushal, chaired the 6th Steering Committee meeting of the Haryana State Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) today. The committee approved the Annual Plan of Operation of Rs. 239.78 crore under CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority).

A sum of Rs. 111.58 crore have been approved for Compensatory Afforestation (CA), Additional Compensatory Afforestation (ACA), and Penal Compensatory Afforestation (PCA) to be carried out over an area of 1,197.73 hectares during the year 2023-24.

It was highlighted in the meeting that the Shivalik Hill Region in the northern part and the Aravalli Hills in the southern part of the state are highly prone to runoff and soil erosion due to their hilly and undulating topography. During the rainy season, rainwater drains rapidly from these areas, leading to soil erosion and loss of topsoil. Therefore, soil conservation measures, including the construction of earthen dams, masonry structures, cement concrete structures, check dams, silt detention dams, and crate wire structures, are required. A substantial budget of Rs. 20 crore has been allocated for this purpose.

Furthermore, Rs. 10 crore has been approved for habitat improvement and infrastructure development in protected areas under the wildlife management plan for 2023-24. The state manages 2 national parks, 7 wildlife sanctuaries, 2 conservation reserves, and 5 community reserves through the Wildlife Wing.

Additionally, tree enumeration will be conducted in 20 territorial forest divisions, with an approved budget of Rs. 12.87 crore for this purpose. Overall, these initiatives reflect the government’s commitment to environmental conservation and sustainable development in Haryana.

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