Himachal Pradesh to give one sapling to each person

June 27th, 2008 - 11:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, June 27 (IANS) In a bid to involve the common man in improving the green cover in the state, the Himachal Pradesh cabinet Friday announced that one sapling would be given for planting to each person in the state free of cost. The area under dense forest cover continues to decline in the hill state even though the overall green cover has increased by a margin of 10 sq km.

The latest report of the Forest Survey of India has revealed that dense forest (having a tree-cover in excess of 40 percent) has come down by a significant 48 sq km as compared to the previous report in 2003.

The cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, also announced tax cuts for “home stay units” to promote tourism in the state.

No luxury, sales tax or value-added tax would be charged from home stay units having minimum three rooms, and electricity and water charges would be at domestic rates.

More than 8.8 million tourists, including 339,000 foreigners, visited the state in 2007.

Shimla town emerged as a favourite destination among the domestic tourists with over 2 million visited last year.

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