December 21, 2013
WB CM launches Rs 400 crore project for environment conservation
West Bengal Government is taking up a Rs. 400 crore project to make the state greener. This 8-year project will be aided by Japan International Cooperation agency.
On December 16, the first convention of the West Bengal Forest and Biodiversity Conservation project was inaugurated by Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee at Science City auditorium. Here, the new website for the project was inaugurated. Rs.84 Lakh, from the sales proceeds of forest products, was distributed the members of the Forest Protection Committee of Jangalmahal region by the Chief Minister. She also announced that Forest Guards will be provided with an extra allowance for the risks they have to undertake.
In 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee walked three km for preserving the greenery of the city. She planted a tree at Deshapriya Park in South Kolkata and then walked up to Rabindra Sarovar. She inaugurated the Forest Week 2011 there.
On July, 2012, Green Magic project was launched in Kolkata. Over 2,500 school students participated in the launch event by planting a tree and taking a sapling home to plant. Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee supported the program, with her message, “I support Green Magic.” The Chief Minister had already asked the Mayor to plant 1 lakh saplings all over the city to increase the green cover.
On the initiative of the Chief Minister, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, in 2012, on the eve of World Environment Day, launched the programme, Plant a Tree for Your Newborn. The initiative requires the parents of a newborn to first agree to adopt a tree in their child's name and then apply for it.