Plantation scheme launched to control pollution in Bihar

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Patna, Mar 12 (UNI) The Bihar government today announced that plantation schemes for students had been launched in the state to control pollution.

Speaking at a special debate in the Legislative Council on pollution problem and its solution, Bihar Forest and Environment Minister Ramchandra Sahni said under the scheme, each student who planted a sapling and looked after it would be given Rs 300 anually.

The scheme is being propagated extensively all over the state.

Mr Sahni said about 6,473 km area was being covered by forests in the state and the government lands and the premises of schools, hospitals, colleges, universities and government buildings were being used for plantation of spalings to increase the fresh air and oxygen.

He announced to constitute a Pollution Control Council shortly in the state to tackle the problem.

Besides, steps had been taken to check pollution of rivers for which treatment plants had been installed at several places.

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