Trees: Rajasthan govt’s green initiatives: 7cr tree plantation and electric vehicles for tiger reserves | Jaipur News
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Trees: Rajasthan govt’s green initiatives: 7cr tree plantation and electric vehicles for tiger reserves | Jaipur News

Jaipur: In a bid to increase the coverage of tiger reserves in the state, the BJP-led government has announced plans to plant 7 crore trees as part of a massive plantation drive. Additionally, Rs 4,000 crore will be invested over five years under Mission Hariyalo Rajasthan. In a bid to reduce pollution and carbon emissions in tiger reserves, including Ranthambore and Sariska, the government will introduce an electric vehicle (EV)-based transport system for pilgrims visiting Trinetra Ganeshji and Pandupole. Environmentalists have welcomed the move, which is in response to a long-standing demand to reduce disturbance in the reserves. Former state wildlife council member Sunil Mehta said, “The budgetary provision for EV transport for Pandupole in Sariska and Ganesh temple in Ranthambore is a historic step. It will reduce the carbon footprint of our prime parks and drastically reduce air and noise pollution. I have strongly advocated for EVs to transport devotees to these temples. The CSR funds from private sources were arranged solely through my efforts for Sariska.” The official said Rs 20 crore will be allocated for tiger habitats in five tiger project areas. Besides, Rs 40 crore will be spent for setting up a forest and wildlife management and training institute at Jhalana in Jaipur. A new zoological park and aquarium will be developed near the Keoladev National Park (Ghana) in Bharatpur. New enclosures with predator-proof fencing will be set up to protect the critically endangered species of Great Indian Bustard (GIB), the official added. A biological park will be set up in Alwar with an allocation of Rs 25 crore.

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