Charar to be turned into a ‘green town’

Charar to be turned into a ‘green town’
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Forest department demarcates land for plantation

Junaid Dar

Budgam: With an aim to restore the lost beauty of Charar-I-Sharief town, Chief Conservator Forest, circle Srinagar, Irfan Ali Shah (IFS) on Monday visited the town and demarcated forest land for plantation to convert town into “green town”.
In a meeting with several officials, Ali directed to frame a comprehensive report on fast track basis for beautification work to be started. The Forest department also pledged to develop some places in the area for visitors, and would develop some spots as view points on the roadsides.
The meeting was attended by the officers from the Forest, Floriculture, Horticulture, Soil Conservation, and Social Forestry departments.
NGO’s and civil societies also interacted with the officer and presented the graph to develop the place as a green zone and insisted to execute the project which will retain the beauty if the town.
Ali directed the officers of concerned departments to submit their joint report in a short period so the work on the project can be started to make the place eco-friendly without further delay.
The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir had recently ordered officials to prepare an action plan for the town and submit it to his office. He has also directed the municipal authorities and other concerned departments to maintain the beautification of the revered shrine of Sheikh Ul Alam and its surroundings and make zone polythene free.
To maintain the spiritual and cultural essence of the place officers committed that they will implement ll the orders of beatification on ground which has been directed from divisional commissioner and assured that all the public grievances will be put on consideration.
“We are committed to make this place beautiful on fast track basis and by the orders of divisional commissioner all the concerned departments have been directed to cooperate to implement this order on ground, we will plant sapling around the shrine to make it beautiful and green and the work on the project will be started quickly,” Ali said.
He appreciated efforts of the officials of Forest department for maintaining the “largest nursery of the sub-continent” and assured that the department provide all the logistic support to them to take it on larger scale.