Plantation drive held at Manasbal

SRINAGAR: A Mega Plantation Drive was held at Pottermulla hillock Manasbal in Sindh Forest Division, Ganderbal by the Forest Department in coordination with J&K Mountaineering and Hiking club in order to involve the local youth in the ongoing Green J&K Drive.
Chief Conservator of Forests, (CCF) Kashmir, Sh Farooq Gillani, Director Industries kashmir Mahmood Shah, Conservator of Forests, Srinagar Circle , Zubair Shah, Vice- President J&K Mountaineering and Hiking Club, Muazam Bakshi, Nazir Be Nazir, NGO member, Forest Officers and members of the Mountaineering and Hiking Club participated in the plantation drive.
During the drive indigenous species of Kail, Deodar, Betula, Maple and other broad leaved were planted on the degraded hillock area in Compartment Ist, Manasbal.
On the occasion, CCF, Kashmir said that the winter plantation is being carried out in all the districts of Kashmir Region and about 50 lac plants shall be planted by ending of March 2021.
He said various stake holders institutions, schools, Government Departments and youth association are involved in the plantation drive.
He asked Director Industries Kashmir to get the Industrial areas planted during the ongoing plantation drive for which plants and all technical support shall be provided by the Forest Department.
Speaking on the occasion, Director Industries said that with the modern pace of development it becomes imperative to show our commitment towards the environment. He apprised that tree plantation is the most effective way to mitigate pollution and every Industrial estate in the valley will be involved in it.
Meanwhile, Vice president, J&K Mountaineering and Hiking Club assured that green treasure of hillock shall be maintained voluntarily by the youth and all the members of Mountaineering and Hiking club.

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