Tamil Nadu govt will increase forest cover to 33%:Minister (Coimbatore)
Times of India
October 9, 2021
The state government is taking steps to increase the state’s geographical
area under green cover from 23% to 33%, forest minister K Ramachandran said
here on Friday.
Speaking at the 67th Wildlife Week Celebration organised at the Tamil Nadu
Forest Academy, the minister said native tree species will be planted in
forests. “Wildlife can thrive only if there is substantial forest
cover. When wildlife population increases, forests should offer the
required food, for which native tree species are necessary. We are focusing
on planting more native tree species by removing exotic species like
eucalyptus brought by the Britishers,” he said.
Schoolteachers should encourage students to plant saplings on their
birthday and nurture them, Ramachandran suggested. “This will help improve
In the last five years, 337 people were killed by wild animals and the
state government gave compensation to their families, said the minister.
Asked about the delay in capturing the prowling tiger in the Nilgiris,
Ramachandran said capturing it is a challenging task and advanced
technology is being used by the forest department for the purpose. “People
from various departments are involved in capturing T-23. Ten members of the
team that conducted search for forest brigand Veerappan are part of the
team in search of T-23.”
The minister also unveiled the logo of Coimbatore Forest Division. It has
an elephant in the backdrop, symbolising the large number of elephants
found in the Western Ghats.