Chandigarh, Mar 1 (UNI) The World Bank and the Japan Bank of International Cooperation will provide financial assistance to Haryana to the tune of Rs 380 crore for various forest related projects in the state.
Haryana Forest and Tourism Minister Kiran Choudhry told reporters here today that the World Bank team would visit the state on March 10 for the finalisation of grant of the Rs 230 crore.
She said a team of the Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC) was likely to visit the state this month itself for reappraisal of the ongoing projects of afforestation and poverty alleviation in 800 villages of Haryana.
The Forest Department was hopeful to get Rs 150 crore from the JBIC as a grant. About 500 officials of Haryana Forest Department would be able to continue their jobs after this reappraisal.
The Minister said she had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting him to notify the natural and reserved forest areas of the state as Eco-zone.
She said by setting up of Eco-zones, restrictions would be imposed on industries, operations, processes and other developmental activities in the region which had detrimental effect on the environment.
Ms Choudhry said during the last two years, forest cover in Haryana had increased from 6.2 per cent to 7.4 per cent as per the Forest Survey of India.
She said this forest cover had been increased due to the sincere efforts of the Haryana Forests Department at the block and zonal level. As many as 5000 eco-clubs were being constituted in the state and various seminars were being conducted to educate people about the importance of trees and forests, she added.
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