Ranchi: The Jharkhand Government said that 3.44 lakh trees would be cut for construction of Mandal Dam project in the Palamu district. Replying to a question raised by JVM(P) Pradeep Yadav during the question hour of the ongoing Budget Session of the Jharkhand Assembly minister in-charge for Forest and Environment Department Amar Kumar Bauri said that 3.44 lakh trees would be cut for the completion of the project.
The minister also admitted to the fact that cutting trees leads to a bad impact on the environment. The Minister said that after cutting of 3.44 lakh trees another 37 lakh trees would be planted by the forest department in Garhwa and Palamu districts and the water resources department has already provided Rs 92 crore and the amount has been deposited into CAMPA fund.
When asked about the number of trees which have been cut in the state between 2001 to 2018 the minister said that 5.63 lakh trees have been cut during the period. Adding further he said that while on one hand 5.63 lakh trees were cut on the other hand the department has planted 9.9 crore trees on 29,082 hectares of land in the state.
Mr. Bauri said that due to continuous plantation drive being executed in the state the area under the forest cover has also increased in Jharkhand which was also pointed out in the report of the Forest Research Institute for the year 2017. Detailing further the minister said that overall funds in CAMPA in the state stood at Rs 2250 crore but as the central government has put a cap on expenditure from the funds, therefore, every year only 10 per cent of the money can be utilized