A total of two crore saplings will be planted on the banks of the Mahanadi, Tel and Ib rivers under the Green Mahanadi Mission, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced on Tuesday. Launching the programme by planting saplings at two locations in Subarnapur and Boudh districts, Mr. Patnaik said that the plantation drive was being carried out in as many as 1,303 villages spread over 15 districts situated on both sides of the Mahanadi.
The Green Mahanadi Mission envisages rejuvenating Mahanadi river and its tributaries Tel and Ib by increasing recharging capacity through the massive plantation.
Under the mission, a green belt with a width of 1 km will be created on both sides of the river beginning from the place, where the river enters Odisha to Paradip, where it merges with the Bay of Bengal.
The plantation will be undertaken over 75,760 hectares of government land beside 47,470 hectares of private land.
About Mahanadi River:
The Mahanadi is one of the largest Indian peninsular rivers that drain into the Bay of Bengal. The 857 km long river originates in Raipur district of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and flows through the eastern state of Orissa before meeting the sea.
The Mahanadi River is a river of eastern India. The Mahanadi rises in the Satpura Range of central India and flows east to the Bay of Bengal.
The major tributaries of Mahanadi are Seonath, Jonk, Hasdo, Mand, Ib, Ong, Tel etc.