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Uttar Pradesh Launches ‘Mitra Van’ Initiative Along Borders

The Uttar Pradesh government, led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has unveiled a major environmental initiative called ‘Mitra Van’ (Friendship Forest) as part of the Vriksharopan Jan Abhiyan-2024. This ambitious project aims to enhance greenery along the borders of Uttar Pradesh, including its international border with Nepal.

Project Overview


  • Increase green cover along state and international borders
  • Promote environmental cooperation with neighboring states and Nepal
  • Involve dignitaries from other states in the plantation drive


  • 35 forest divisions selected for ‘Mitra Van’ establishment
  • Plantation drive to commence on July 20, 2024
  • Forest department coordinating with neighboring states and Nepal

Geographical Scope

Border Districts Involved

The ‘Mitra Van’ initiative will be implemented in 35 districts bordering neighboring states, including:

  • Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor
  • Moradabad, Rampur, Bareilly
  • Pilibhit, Lakhimpur Kheri, Bahraich
  • Shravasti, Balrampur, Siddharthnagar
  • Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Deoria
  • Ballia, Ghazipur, Chandauli
  • Sonbhadra, Mirzapur, Prayagraj
  • Chitrakoot, Banda, Mahoba
  • Jhansi, Lalitpur, Jalaun
  • Etawah, Agra, Mathura
  • Aligarh, Noida, Ghaziabad
  • Baghpat and Shamli

Nepal Border Focus

Special attention will be given to districts adjoining Nepal, including:

  • Sonauli in Maharajganj
  • Lakhimpur Kheri
  • Shravasti
  • Bahraich
  • Pilibhit

Implementation Strategy

Coordination Efforts

  • Forest department to collaborate with officials from neighboring states and Nepal
  • Seek opinions on species selection for plantation
  • Ensure availability of plants

Special Forests

In addition to ‘Mitra Van’, instructions have been given to establish:

  • ‘Shakti Van’ (Power Forest)
  • ‘Yuva Van’ (Youth Forest)
  • ‘Bal Van’ (Children’s Forest)

Leadership and Directives

Key Officials Involved

  • Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath: Provided overall direction for the initiative
  • Sudhir Kumar Sharma: Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of Department
  • PP Singh: Additional Chief Conservator of Forests

Directives Issued

  • Selection of locations for ‘Mitra Van’
  • Marking of plant species for dignitaries’ plantation
  • Coordination with neighbouring states and Nepal
  • Preparation of 35 crore saplings in nurseries

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