State Schemes

State scheme funds are provided under Nature Conservation, Improvement of AAZP, Compensation, etc., Funds are also allocated for mitigation of Human Wildlife Conflicts like Construction of EPT, Solar Powered Fence, Providing drinking water facilities, tackling problem of Monkey menace etc.


Under the announcement by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the Hon'ble Minister for Forests following important works were carried out during the last two years,

  • Creating physical barriers like elephant proof trenches to mitigate human wildlife conflict.
  • The Government of Tamil Nadu decided to fund the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust after the UNDP funding ended and sanctioned an amount of 2.50 crores.
  • Establishment of Forests and Wildlife Museum at Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur.
  • Development of Mini Zoos in Amirdhi and Trichy at a cost of Rs. 5.00 crores.
  • Creation of advanced Wildlife Management Training Centres at Anamalai Tiger Reserve and Mudumalai Tiger Reserve.
  • Formation of Rapid Response Team to tackle emergency situations.
  • Establishment of three Veterinary Units in Erode, Krishnagiri and Tirunelveli Districts at a cost of Rs. 3.90 Crores.
  • Establishment of early warning alarm system on the movement of elephants to create awareness among the public and alert them in Tamil Nadu Government Buses in Valparai areas.
  • "Live streaming facility in Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur.
  • "Online ticketing facility for AAZP Vandalur.
  • Enhancement of relief of compensation for different items of damages / loss caused by wild animals on life and properties of human being.

Tami Nadu Biodiversity Conservation and Greening Project:

An Externally Aided ‘Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Conservation Project’ at an outlay of Rs. 686 crores is under implementation from 2011-12, which will continue till 2018-19. This project focuses on biodiversity conservation through forest protection and socio-economic development of forest fringe and tribal communities. It will also help to continue the State’s effort in increasing tree cover outside forests by taking up Tree Cultivation in Private Lands. The project was implemented with an outlay of Rs.21.97 crores during 2011-12. Government had also sanctioned an amount of  Rs.68.34 crores, Rs.96.80 crores, Rs.110.07 crores ,114.55 crores and 102.13 crores  for carrying out second, third, fourth fifth and sixth year activities during 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 , 2015-16 and 2016-17 respectively. Totally a sum of Rs.362.00 crores has been incurred from 2011-12 to 2016-17  towards the implementation of the scheme.

Massive Tree Planting Programme:

In order to increase green cover in the State during the year 2011-12 and 2012-2013, a Massive Tree Planting programme was implemented at a cost of Rs.27.22 crores and about 64 lakh seedlings were planted in 32 districts of the State.  This scheme was implemented over an outlay of Rs.43.55 crores by planting 65 lakh seedlings in the 32 districts of the State form 2012-13 to 2014-15. A sum of Rs.32.62 crores has been incurred for planting 65.01 lakhs seedlings all over the State.  This scheme was continued for implementation over an outlay of Rs.49.18 crores by planting 66 lakh seedlings in the 32 districts of the State from 2013-14 to 2015-16.  Upto 31.03.2016, Rs.26.56 crores has been incurred for planting 66 lakhs seedlings in the 32 district of the State.  During 2015-16, this scheme is being implemented at a cost of Rs.53.72 crores by planting 67 lakh seedlings in the 32 districts of the State from 2014-15 to 2016-17. Upto 31.03.2016, totally a sum of Rs. 22.74 crores has been incurred towards planting of 67.00 lakh seedlings in 32 districts.  Implementation of planting 68 lakhs seedlings during 2015-16 to 2017-18 at an outlay of Rs.61.68 crores is under progress. Implementation of planting 69 lakhs seedlings during 2016-17 to 2018-19 at an outlay of Rs.65.85 crores.

Raising Sandal Plantations:

In order to increase the sandal resources inside forest areas of traditional sandal areas of Tamil Nadu, during the year 2014-15, the Government have accorded sanction for a sum of Rs.5.00 crores towards implementation of the scheme “Assisting Natural Regeneration in traditional sandal areas in Tamil Nadu in Vellore, Salem, Erode, Dharmapuri and Trichy.  Up to 31.03.2016, a sum of Rs.384.68 lakhs has been incurred towards implementation of the project.  Planting work will be completed during 2016-17.In addition, the Government have also accorded sanction for implementation Raising Sandal plantation in naturally Grown sandal areas of Tamil Nadu at an outlay of Rs.5.00 crores.  During 2015-16, preliminary work have been carried out at a cost of Rs.54.75 lakhs.  This scheme continues to be implemented during 2016-17.

Resolving Man animal conflicts:

Mitigating the man-animal conflict is of greatest concern of Tamil Nadu Forest Department.  To ensure that the affected persons should be compensated adequately, the compensation for the damage of crops, loss of human life etc., the quantum of amount has been considerably enhanced linking cases of “human animal conflict” with the “Disaster Management” vide G.O Ms. No..141 E&F, FR.6. dated 25.11.2016.

Further to enhance the institutional capacity and to strategically improve its veterinary support services to the forest and wildlife areas in order  to deal with emerging wildlife health induced crisis situations and to manage the human wildlife situations, three Forest Veterinary Units at Erode, Krishnagiri and Tirunelveli have been established at a cost of Rs.3.90 crores.

Pallikaranai Marshland:

The Pallikaranai marshland is a unique fresh water swamp located within the Chennai metropolitan area. This wetland is situated in Perungudi, Pallikaranai and Thoraipakkam villages of Kancheepuram District. Then Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu had directed to protect this marshland during 2002. Accordingly the Government is pursing action for 5 years to the tune of Rs.15.75 crores.  Out of which an amount of Rs.9.17 crores was spent for the year 2011-12 to 2015-16 and this scheme was implemented at a outlay of Rs.1.48 crore for 2016-17. This scheme will be continued during 2017-18.

Drought relief measures taken in Tamil Nadu forest department

Failure of both South-West and North-east monsoon during this year 2016-17 and there is 50 % shortfall of rains in most of the District in Tamil Nadu.  Due   to prevailing acute drought water scarcity in all rivers, canals, streams in the Reserve Forest and Protected Areas. Due to this, percolation ponds, water holes, Checkdams were dried and fodders are not available in these areas. Because of this, the wild animals  are likely to straying into the nearby patta lands, agricultural fields and in villages for search water and food and thereby it leads to man-animal conflict in the form of crop and property damage, animal death due to hit by vehicles and human death. There are 35 human deaths, 78 Elephant Deaths and 7 Tiger Deaths have been reported during the year 2016-17.

Considering the drought situation in Tamil Nadu, Special Field Inspection was conducted in   all Protected Areas and Reserved Forest Areas.  Based on this, the Conservator of Forests, Virudhunagar, Madurai, Coimbatore, Dharmapuri, Dindigul, Vellore, Tirunelveli, Trichy and Villupuram Circles have sent drought relief proposals for the following works an amount of Rs. 5.00 crores.

  • Supply of Water through tanker lorries into the water troughs in the Forests
  • Creation of new water holes.
  • Maintenance of water holes, percolation ponds and checkdams.
  • Desilting of percolation ponds.
  • Erection of borewell with motors energized by solar power.,
  • Fire control measures due to severe drought situation.
  • Driving menaceful animals into the deep forests with the help of Anti-   poaching watchers to prevent man animal conflicts.

Restoration and re-construction works after Vardah Cylone     

“Vardah” Cyclone on 12.12.2016 has caused severe damages to trees, animal enclosures, roads, buildings, boundary walls, drainages, electricity supply network, water supply network and civic amenities of Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur.  Restoration and re-construction works are being carried out in war footing to re-open Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur as early as possible.

Supply of feed and water to all the animals has been restored immediately and the safety of animals has been strengthened.  Mobility of vehicles was also restored within few days by removing wind fallen trees in all the roads. The other restoration works were carried out on war footing by drawing a time schedule.

The Guindy National Park  /Childrens Park also were damaged severely due to cyclone vardah.  The restoration work was carried out in quickest time possible and the Children’s Park was reopened for public on 30.12.2016.  The Arignar Anna Zoological Park, was reopened for public on 10.02.2017 by making earnest and best efforts.

The cyclone Vardah made a landfall with wind speed ranging from 120-140 kms per hour in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts.  Around 1 lakh trees have been uprooted in Chennai city.  In view of the large scale destruction caused to trees, effort is made to bring back green urban spaces and recreate tree cover in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts which is the dire need of the hour to mitigate the climate change.  The Government have sanctioned an amount of Rs.13.42 crores for “Restoration of Green cover in Chennai city and adjoining districts to restore the tree cover lost due to “Vardah” cyclone.

Tamil Nadu Innovation Initiatives:

The following Six (6) new schemes under Tamil Nadu Innovation Initiatives fund has been approved at a total outlay of Rs.3.84 crores for implementation ranging from one year to three years. From 2016-17 onwards the scheme is being implemented.

  • Project Kaliru
  • Non-Destructive method by Ultrasonic standardized for assessment of internal decay and hollowness in standing trees / timbers
  • Restoration of Tropical Dry Evergreen forest (TDEF) in Nanmangalam Reserved Forest
  • Women Empowerment through Conservation of Medicinal Plants
  • Surveillance of Forest and wild life areas through Drone Technology
  • Maximizing the ground water recharge in Vangaram RF of Ariyalur Division

A Grievance Redresseal day

A Grievance Redresseal day is being organized in every month to redress the grievance of tribal people who are living in forest fringes.  Initially, Grievance Redressal day is being organized in Thriuvanamalai district on pilot basis. Order have been issued vide G.O.(MS).No.116, Environment and Forests (FR.10) dated.14.10.2016 and the scheme is under implementation.

The scheme of raising Palmyrah palm plantation

It is in Government and community land in Tamil Nadu for a period of five years from 2016-17- 2020-21 has been sanctioned at a cost of Rs.1.38 crore and sanction accorded for  an amount of Rs.25.00 lakh towards the implementation of the scheme during 2016-17 vide G.O.(MS).No.142, Environment and Forests (FR.-6) dated.29.11.2016 and the scheme is under implementation.

Forest Genetic Resources Tree Park at Chennai

In G.O Ms No 137 dated 22-11-2016 orders have been issued to establish Forest Genetic Resources Tree Park at Chennai adjacent to Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur on the Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road at a cost of Rs.2.00 crores, to assemble 300 tree species available in Western and Eastern Ghats which will serve as a learning centre for farmers and students.  It will also act as Botanists' Paradise.

Live streaming facility in Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur

Sanction has been accorded to establish Live streaming facility in Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur during 2016-17 at a cost of Rs.50.00 lakhs vide G.O Ms. No.138, Environment and Forests dated 22.11.2016.

Online ticketing facility in Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur

Sanction has been accorded to establish Online ticketing facility in Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur at a cost of Rs.50.00 lakh.  This will facilitate the Public to purchase tickets online to visit the AAZP, by which they can avoid standing in the long queues. Orders have been issued to carry out this work vide G.O Ms. No.135, Environment and Forests dated 22.11.2016.

Tamil Nadu Forest Department’s Martyr’s day

Recognizing the sacrifices made by certain Forest officials in protecting and safeguarding the Forest wealth and wildlife, to commemorate them, it has been ordered to observe Tamil Nadu Forest Department’s Martyr’s dayevery year on 11th of September.  Orders have been issued vide G.O.(MS).No.119, Environment and Forests (FR.13) Department dt.18.10.2016.

Automatic Weather stations

Sanction has been accorded to establish seven Automatic Weather stations in Seven Agro-climatic zones of Tamil Nadu at a total cost of Rs.14.00 lakhs, to study climate change and associated threats in Forest Eco-system.

Preventing monkey menace in Tamil Nadu

To curb the monkey menace, works like establishment of two monkey capturing units at Velachery and Vandalur, establishment of a Nodal Centre at Zoo Veterinary Hospital in Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur and formation of ten cluster rehabilitation centres at Ooty, Coimbatore, Salem, Erode, Vellore, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Ramanathapuram and Kanniyakumari districts have been undertaken.