MOHAMMAD MAJID MALIK
DODA: On the directions of Lal Singh, minister for forests, environment and ecology, a mega plantation drive was launched by Ravi Kesar, principal chief conservator forests in the Chenab Circle from Jawahar tunnel to Patnitop where large number of Deodar, Kail and fruit plants were planted in the forest areas besides Chinar trees at vital locations.
All the field staff of entire Chenab Circle which included Bhaderwah , Doda , Kishtwar, Ramban , Batote , Marwah and other areas took part in the day-long mega plantation drive which will continue during winter season in other areas of Chenab Circle also. Plantation drive was started from compartment 47/B at Jawahar tunnel where PCCF kick-started the mega plantation drive by planting a Deodar sapling. The plantation was carried at seven locations in tunnel area in the closures created by the Forest Division Ramban and Social Forestry Division Ramban besides plantation in compartment no. 10-C/B and 94/D at Patnitop was also carried . All the fieldstaff of forest, social forestry, wildlife protection department and SFC also took part in the plantation drive. Fruit plants were specially planted in the upper reaches as food material for wildlife. Addressing a largely attended gathering near Jawahar Tunnel area Ravi Kesar said that forest department and its allied wings has taken a pledge to rejuvenate the degraded forest area of Jammu and Kashmir.