Shillong, Jul 25: Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on the second day of his Meghalaya visit, launched the Green Sohra Afforestation Campaign at Sohra on Sunday.
Shah also inaugurated the Greater Sohra Water Supply Scheme.
The Union Home Minister gave the slogan “Evergreen Northeast”, underlining the importance of afforestation and tree plantation.
The Home Minister said that earlier Sohra used to have rains throughout the year, but due to indiscriminate harvesting in the name of development, the situation has changed.
He said that an ambitious project to make Sohra green again has started.
Shah informed that the entire area of Sohra is going to be adopted by Assam Rifles for the purpose of plantation.
He said that trees are cut for fuel and other uses, so 80 percent of the total land will be planted with traditional and long lifespan trees, the remaining 20 percent will be used for animal feed, ornamental plants and nursery which will meet all the requirements and help reduce the felling of long lifespan trees.
With this technique, multi-level farming is done and the forest grows 30 times faster and after three years it becomes free of maintenance.
Shah said eco-tourism will be greatly benefited by this, besides tourism of Meghalaya will also get a boost.
The Union Home Minister said that today the whole world is fighting against global warming and climate change.
Shah also said that as part of the Prime Minister’s ambitious project Jal Jeevan Mission, the Ministry of DoNER and the Government of Meghalaya, under the North-East Special Infrastructure Scheme, the Greater Sohra Water Project costing Rs. 25 crore, will provide pure drinking water through taps to every household.
He also said that if the source of water is not pure then people will not be healthy, therefore Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set the target of providing pure drinking water to every household in the state of Meghalaya and the country before the completion of 75 years of Independence and 50 years of Meghalaya.
There is an ambitious programme to provide drinking water to 2,80,000 families in the state of Meghalaya, which is clubbed into 1874 small projects.
Shah said the task of delivering such an ambitious project in this remote area is extremely important and challenging.
The Central Government has so far allocated Rs.400 crore and as the work progresses further allocations will be made.
Shah also garlanded the statue of Swami Vivekananda at Ramakrishna Mission, Sohra and participated in the prayers programme.