Reforestation has come out in a big way here in Telangana in the form of “Haritha Haram.” For those who don’t know, “Haritha Haram” is a government initiative that targets to increase forest cover and to create a green belt in the state of Telangana, India.
Afforestation, as we know, has a multitude of advantages – it is a good alternative for flood mitigation, aids in climate control, filters the air of toxic gases, contributes to animal diversity, and helps in restoring groundwater resources. With this in mind, afforestation was taken up as an enormous project and called for the help of citizens from all over the state. Ministers, mayors, and celebrities all lent a hand to make a greener city. For a few weeks, the number of saplings being planted each day was the only thing on news. Schools, public parks, offices, homes, sidewalks – nothing was left barren.
While millions of young sprigs are planted on one side of the footpath, thirty foot towering trees were being butchered on the other side of the pathway. The few saplings that survive the harsh urban pollution are not nurtured and succumb to desiccation.
Afforestation is just not a weekend activity where you go out with your friends and shove a couple seeds into a pot of mud – it is a serious responsibility. To reap the benefits of afforestation, one must attend to the growth of the plant till can stand on its own roots.