Telangana Forest Department

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Telangana Forest Department
Telangana Atavi Sakha
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Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Telangana
HeadquartersHyderabad, Telangana
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Smt.R.Sobha, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests

Ministry of Forest and Environment (Telangana) is one of the administrative divisions of the government of Telangana. It is headed by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests. The primary function of this department is protection, conservation and management of forests in Telangana State.

Flora and fauna[edit]

Vegetation cover of Telangana as of 2012

Telangana, located strategically in the central region of the Indian sub-continent, has representatives of Indian plant and animal life. The vegetation found in the state is largely of dry deciduous type with a mixture of teak, and species of the genera Terminalia, Pterocarpus, Anogeissus etc . The varied habitat harbors a diversity of fauna which includes tiger, panther, wolf, wild dog, hyena, sloth bear, Gaur, Black Buck, Chinkara, Chowsingha, Nilgai, Cheetal, Sambar and a number of birds and reptiles in the forest.


The overall objective of the Telangana Forest Department is to conserve biodiversity and eco-systems of forests and wilderness areas to ensure water security and food security of the state. Wildlife and wildlife habitats should be conserved and sustainably managed to meet the social, economic, ecological, cultural, recreational and spiritual needs of the present and future generations of people in the state.

Haritha Haram[edit]

The government has launched a scheme, Haritha Haram,[1] to make the entirety of Telangana green.[2] Telangana government has decided to launch a massive tree plantation programme to bring entire Telangana under green cover in the next three years. It is estimated that the entire Telangana state requires 210 crore saplings to bring 33 per cent of the area under green cover.[3]


The Forest Department is organised in an administrative hierarchy ranging from Principal Chief Conservator of Forests to Forest Watchers, Mahouts and others.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests[edit]

The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests is in charge of Forest Department, who must personally review, approve, and sign all significant orders, permissions, declarations and authorisations.

Protected areas[edit]

Telangana has a network of eleven sanctuaries and three national parks in the state.

Wildlife sanctuaries[edit]

Forest at Eturnagaram,Telangana
Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary
Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary
Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary
Manjeera Wildlife Sanctuary
Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve
Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary
Shivaram Wildlife Sanctuary
Paakhal Wildlife Sanctuary
Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary

National parks[edit]

Peacocks at KBR Park

The state has three national parks.

Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park
Mrugavani National Park
Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park

Zoological park[edit]

Nehru Zoological Park


  1. ^ "Kavitha urges people to make Haritha Haram a success". TSI.
  2. ^ Telangana set to become Green
  3. ^ Soon, manual of plant species for Haritha Haram