India’s green cover has gone up by one per cent in the last one year, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday. Responding to supplementaries during Question Hour, the Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar said for one tree chopped for development work, three to four are planted either in the same area or elsewhere.
According to the latest report, over 24.39 per cent of the geographical area now constitutes of green cover.The former union minister, Maneka Gandhi, cautioned that at times satellite pictures include sugarcane crop as trees, hence present a misleading picture.
Javadekar said satellite pictures are taken at regular intervals and, therefore, such inconsistencies are ruled out. He also said that 125 crore trees would be planted along highways to increase green cover.