Rs 6,400-cr project to increase forest cover

Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Monday said that the state government was in the process of formulating a Rs 6,400 crore project to increase forest cover in the state to 33 per cent from the existing 22 per cent.The project to be implemented over eight years will be implemented with the help of Central assistance.“Every year we need to spend Rs 800 crore on increasing forest cover and we will soon approach the Centre for assistance,’’ Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa said after launching `Karavali Green Kavacha’ a special project to save forests and restore biodiversity in the coastal districts.

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