Himachal government on Tuesday announced to cover 102 more panchayats under Mid Himalaya Watershed Development Project at a cost of Rs 235.75 core in the second phase.
“As many as 102 additional Gram Panchayats of the state will be brought under the ambit of Mid Himalaya Watershed Development Project in second phase by spending Rs 235.75 crore,” Himachal’s Forest minister Thakur Singh Bharmauri said.
He said that the second phase of the project will be implemented for three years till March, 2016 and the first phase of this project that was started in October, 2005, has been completed on March 31, 2013,” he said, adding that as many as 602 Gram Panchayats were covered during the first phase by spending Rs 365 crore.
The Forest Minister said that with inclusion of 102 additional panchayats, around 13 lakh people of 704 panchayats will be benefited under the project and under the project, special emphasis had been given to revive the natural resources with a view to increase production capacity which will help in strengthening rural economy.
“Special attention was being given for uplift of the people of tribal areas and 4530 flock management training camps had been organized under tribal work plan in the state. Further, effective steps had been taken for effective implementation of the project and maintaining ecological balance,” he added. He directed for minimum use of cement and concrete in watershed activities and said that plantation drive would be carried on mass level.