With 77,700 sq-km forest cover Madhya Pradesh still on top in India
Pradesh is still on the top in the country with a total 77,700 square kilometre
forest cover, whereas, the forest cover in the country has decreased by 367
The India State
of Forest Report 2011 showed that the status of Madhya Pradesh has remained
unchanged. According to the report the forest cover of Arunachal Pradesh is 67,410
square kilometres, while Chhattisgarh has 55,674 square kilometres, Maharashtra
50,646 square kilometre and Orissa 48,903 square kilometre forest cover.
minister Sartaj Singh has directed officers to increase density of forest cover
by planting maximum saplings in moderately dense areas and further strengthening
forest protection arrangements.
Out of total
forest cover in the state, there are extremely dense forests in 6,640 square
kilometre and 34,986 square kilometre dense forests, whose density needs to be
increased. Moderately dense forest area is spread over 36,074 square kilometres
while open area is 16,989 square kilometres. Seven per cent of the total forest
cover is extremely dense, 36 per cent dense, 39 per cent moderately dense and
18 per cent open area.
India State of Forest Report-2011, forest cover has decreased in 14 states
including Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Assam,
Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Kerala, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh
and Chandigarh while it has increased in Bihar, Goa, Haryana, Jammu-Kashmir,
Karnataka and Andaman-Nicobar. Only three states have maintained their forest
cover including Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Sikkim.