Telangana ku Haritha Haram programme
Telangana ku Haritha Haram (A Green Garland for Telangana ) programme was launched by the state Government in 2015 with the objective of planting 230 crore trees within five yearsÂ’ time. It aims to increase the stateÂ’s green cover to at least 33 per cent. The seventh phase of this scheme was launched in June this year, with the focus on beautifying the state and national highways and panchayat raj roads.
The governmentÂ’s flagship afforestation programme is the focus of the current skirmishes between the stateÂ’s forest officials and tribal communities. It has increased the differences in the ownership of the Â“Podu LandsÂ”, which is used by tribals for slash-and-burn cultivation.