Railways sign MoU with Haryana and Punjab forest dept to plant trees alongside Railway Track

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In the august presence of Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu and Minister of State (IC) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding “plantation of trees alongside Railway Track on Railway Land Boundary” was signed today i.e. 2nd May, 2015 between Ministry of Railways and Forest Department of Haryana & Punjab of Haryana.

SILENT FEATURES OF THE AGREEMENT

A model agreement for plantation on railway land was signed between the Sate Forest departments and Railway administration after a series of discussions between the officials of the Railway Board, Ministry of Environment & Forest departments of Haryana and Punjab.

This agreement paves way for the following improvements with regard to afforestation on railway land:-

(i)                 Railway can contribute substantially towards the Green India Mission.

(ii)               Forest department is involved in the plantation as well as maintenance and disposal of trees, thus bringing in the much needed expertise in afforestation.

(iii)             Plantation along the railway track on railway land boundary by Forest department without declaring such land as protected forest with the provision for resumption of such land at any time by railways thus no hindrance to railway works / developmental projects.

(iv)             Protecting railway land from encroachment.

To start with, this agreement has been signed between Northern Railway and Forest departments of Punjab and Haryana States on the 02nd May, 2016,  at Rail Bhawan to pave way for planting 5 lakh trees during this season. All Zonal railways have been asked to execute similar agreement between their zones and concerned State Forest departments as early as possible. Execution of such agreements at the earliest will pave way for making a start on the plantation of trees along side track boundaries before the ensuring monsoon.


Source: pib.nic.in