Bhubaneswar: Odisha government is planning to plant 13.11 crore saplings over a total area of 1,30,624 hectares in the State this season. The saplings will planted in 2260 different areas of the State.

In the time of Covid-19 pandemic, the plans to go for massive plantation to generate employment opportunities.

The chief secretary, Asit Tripathy, who was taking a meeting on plantation drive, here on Monday, said that the State is going to cover double the area under plantation this season. He said as against 68,358 hectares last season, the area this year would be 1.30 lakh hectares.

The meeting was told that the forest department has prepared 13.11 crore saplings in its nurseries.

The chief secretaries has directed the district collectors to prepare their green belt plans and implement the same.

Development commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, additional chief secretary Mona Sharma, Panchyati Raj principal secretary Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh, agriculture principal secretary Sourav Garg, urban principal secretary G Mathivathan, social security and empowerment of persons with disabilities (SSEPD) secretary Bhaskarjyoti Sharma and principal chief conservator of forest Sandeep Tripathy were present.