Baramulla: Following the High Court orders, department of social forestry in Baramulla has started a drive to axe the Russian poplars.
The department axed scores of poplar trees at Delina Baramulla along the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Range officer Baramulla Bikram Singh said that they were directed by higher authorities to axe all the Russian poplars, which are polluting the environment and causing different ailments. He said the social forestry division Baramulla shall start the drive from Delina upto Hygam area of Sopore and has marked more than three hundred poplar trees along the highway for chopping. He said that some private agencies have been hired to cut down these trees as the department was not equipped for the purpose.