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Planting trees to increase green cover in HP: CM

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

Chief Minister today said afforestation was carried out in 48,000 hectare area to increase the green cover in the state.

He said the was also promoting plantation of medicinal plants.

"During the last four-and-a-half years, 1.33 crore medicinal plants and herbs were planted and we have targeted to plant 35 lakh more medicinal plants in 2017-18," he said while inaugurating the 68th State-Level Van Mahotsav at Pirdi in the Kullu district.

"As per the survey by Indian Forest Research Institute in Dehradun in 2015, there was an increase of 13 sq kms of forest area. Today, the green cover was around 14,683 sq kms," Virbhadra said.

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First Published: Sat, July 15 2017. 00:13 IST