Implementation of Mid Himalayan project in Himachal has recorded nine percent increase in the average income of the families besides registering 25 percent improvement in the lifestyle BPL families living in the project area, Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri said here today.
Bharmauri was speaking at a meeting with a delegation of World Bank Mission led by Norman Piccioni here. The World Bank’s delegation was here to take stock of developmental activities under Mid Himalaya Project in the State.
Bharmouri said that irrigation facility to additional 8000 hectares land had been recorded besides increase in the production of milk, fruits and vegetables due to implementation of this project.
He said that benefit of this project should also be extended to Chamba and Sirmaur districts and the matter pertaining to extension of this project needed to be pursued with Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India.
Forest Minister said that many areas of Himachal Pradesh had been infested by obnoxious weed lantana and its eradication programme should be included under this project.
Norman said that Himachal had become first state of the country to implement this project within the stipulated time period which had been extended upto the year 2016. He lauded the role of the forest department for successfully implementing this project in urban watershed areas besides the rural areas of the State.
Principal Secretary, Forests Bharati S Sihag said that various departments should formulate a strategy for extending the benefits of the project after its completion to the people of the area and the works could be included under MNREGA.
Principal Chief Conservator RK Gupta, Chief Project Officer, Mid Himalaya Watershed development Project Arvind and other senior officers of the Forest Department were present on the occasion.