On the canal bank opposite to Upasanasthal, an area of 5 acres have been permitted to be used by Forest Department's Wasteland Development Corporation on a 50:50 profit sharing basis. I went there yesterday with Mr Raju Das, IFS, MD and was impressed by the progress made so far. Lakhs of saplings of various sizes (tiny to tall - six inches to six feet) and species (bakul, jaba, neem, palm, coconut, guava, mango, hedge and many others) have already been planted and will be used to feed ongoing government projects across the state. Plans for selling to the public are also there. I also asked Mr Das to do extensive plantings, with emphasis on avenue plantation and woods, in New Town in the coming monsoon.
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