Chennai: As part of efforts to increase green cover in the state, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today ordered implementation of Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Conservation and Greening Project.
To be executed in a span of eight years between 2011 to 2019, the Rs 686.28 crore new project will be implemented in forest areas not covered under state`s earlier afforestation schemes, an official release said today.
Planned with financial assistance from Japanese International Cooperative Agency (JICA), the project is in continuation with the state government`s earlier initiative, Tamil Nadu Afforestation Project-II, which is also in collaboration with JICA and ends in 2012-13.
A high level authority headed by Chief Secretary will decide the functions of the project, which will focus on biodiversity conservation, increasing the natural resource base, institutional capacity development and consulting services, the release said.
Under the scheme, elephant pits will also be dug in Dharmapuri, Erode, Dindigul and Tirunelveli districts at a total cost of Rs 5.19 crore to avoid man-animal conflict in these areas, it said.