New Delhi: The Chhattisgarh government Friday launched a plantation drive in the urban forests of the state called ‘Krishna Kunj’, on the occasion of Janmashtami.
The initiative was launched with an aim to increase the state’s green cover and impart awareness about the importance of trees. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said the motive behind naming these forests ‘Krishna
Kunj’ was to make people understand the “god-like and divine values” of trees such as banyan, peepal, neem and kadamba. He also said this initiative will help increase the number of trees having cultural significance and arrest deforestation.
Reports said the chief minister also planted a ‘kadamba’ (burflower tree) in a ‘Krishna Kunj’ located in Telibandha area of the state and offered gram and jaggery to a cow on the occasion. The initiative was timed with the festival of Janmashtami. The day was also marked as a dry day in the state.
The state government had earlier launched the Godhan Nyay Yojana and Ram Van Gaman Path Tourism circuit.