Telangana government has received three remarkable recognitions in a single day from the union government. The state has won laurels for improving greenery, for best practices in maternal healthcare, and for energy efficiency.
In a reply to a question asked in the Lok Sabha, the union government has acknowledged that Telangana had improved its green cover from 18% to 31.6% of its geographical area making Hyderabad the greenest city in the country. The green cover in the city has been increased from 33.15 sq. km. to 81.81 sq. km., a whopping 246% jump. According to the latest ISFR (Indian State of Forest Report), Hyderabad Metro Development Authority (HMDA) has developed 188 forest blocks in 129 locations thus rejuvenating an area of 1.6 lakh acres.
The state has also won two awards for adopting best practices in the women and child welfare sector. Telangana was awarded for its efforts in the reduction of Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) and Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and for the introduction of a novel midwifery system in the maternal healthcare sector. The awards were given at the National Maternal Health Workshop in New Delhi.
While the third award was a recognition for promoting green energy. Telangana State Renewable Development Corporation (TSREDCO) has received a merit certificate from Rajkumar Singh, the union minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy, for energy-efficient practices and for the steps taken by the state to reduce carbon footprints.