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Focus on net zero carbon, Green policy: KTR to Centre

Hyderabad, Feb.25 (Press media of india): Municipal Administration & Industries Minister KT Rama Rao today urged the Centre to introduce green rankings and a policy for net zero carbon target among the States to vie for expanding greenery to protect environment from pollution.

KTR said efforts of the State government gave positive results in expanding greenery in Telangana State. Attending a forest workshop with forest minister Indrakaran Reddy and officials to grow greenery and expand through schemes, KTR expressed happiness at the green drive. “With our efforts forest cover was increased to 31 percent from24 percent and is still taking up green drive, he claimed. “On the lines of ease of doing business, the Centre has to take up more steps to push the States to go in for green cover expansion and take up green drives continuously, he said.

The minister got nostalgic stating that during initial days of the State formation, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao asked to focus on greenery expansion. KCR said steps must be taken to prevent demolition of old buildings to grow plants and greenery. Now with haritha haram, the flagship program of the government, the greenery is growing manifold, he said. All districts see the green cover and haritha haram giving wonderful results, the minister said.

 Greenery is essential in the urbanization process and industrial development to check future pollution problems, he stated. The State is doing its best in greenery expansion and more campa funds should be offered to states focusing on the greenery, he said. Our State was focusing on more facilities, infrastructure and greenery to ensure growth with an ability to check growing pollution and bring down carbon levels, KTR said. The Centre should set up forest training centers and offer support to use drones for seed balls, he added.

Indrakaran Reddy said through Jungle Bachao – Jungle Badao slogan, the State government was expanding greenery to a new high. “We surpassed the odds of pollution as greenery increased to 31 percent from24 percent by the Haritha Haram program, he said. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao made a unique idea for Haritha Haram and pushed green drives to check the pollution, he maintained. (PMI)

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