Sambalpur:5/06/18: The Odisha government today embarked on ‘Mission Green Mahanadi’ programme to rejuvenate the Mahanadi River, widely regarded as the lifeline of the state.
To revamp the river and to curb soil erosion, the mission envisages creating green belt within 1.4 width of the riverbed. The massive plantation will increase the recharge capacity of the river. The ambitious programme was launched today from the riverbank near Sambalpur city to commemorate the world environment day, said officials.
The first phase of plantation programme got underway today and it will cover 200 sq km.
An estimated Rs 200 crore will be spent in the first phase of plantation across both sides of the river. The riverbank-side plantation will create a buffer zone that will arrest soil erosion and would help ground water recharge.
The objective of the project is to check erosion in the catchment areas, stabilise the embankments and improve bio-diversity along the river.
Over 75,760 hectare of government land and 47,470 hectare of private land will get a fresh green cover. The saplings of mango, jackfruit and jamun will be used for the mission, added officials.