Amit Shah to lay foundation stone for 6 eco parks to be set up by Coal, lignite PSUs

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah will launch 'Vriksharopan Abhiyan' in the presence of Union Minister of Coal, Mines and Parliamentary affairs Pralhad Joshi in New Delhi on July 23. During the launch event, Union Home Minister will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of six eco-parks and tourism sites. The event will take place through video conferencing across more than 130 locations spread in 38 districts of 10 coal and lignite bearing states.

Vriksharopan Abhiyan is being organised by the Ministry of Coal and involves all Coal and Lignite PSUs. During the event, a large scale plantation will be carried out in mines, colonies, offices and other suitable areas of coal and lignite PSUs and seedlings will be distributed in the nearby areas for promoting plantation by the society.

The eco-parks and tourism sites would provide avenues for recreation, adventure, water sport, bird watching etc. for the people residing in nearby areas and may also be integrated to form part of the tourism circuit. These sites are being planned to generate revenue for self-sustenance and create employment potential for local people.
Going Green is the key thrust area of the coal sector, involving maximization of green cover through ecological reclamation of mined-out areas and overburden dumps, the plantation in and around mines and avenue plantation suitable places.

The ministry’s "Going Green" initiative will kick start through active participation of coal and lignite PSUs as well as private miners. This year, three coal and lignite PSUs i.e. Coal India Limited (CIL), including all subsidiaries, NLC India Limited (NLCIL) and Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) have set an ambitious target to cover 1,789 hectares of the area in and around the coalfields under bio-reclamation and plantation (1626 Ha), creation of grassland (70 Ha), Hi-tech Cultivation (90 Ha) and Bamboo Plantation (3 Ha).

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