KATHUA, Aug 20: In his endeavour to plant trees at far flung areas, Minister for Forest, Ecology and Environment Ch. Lal Singh today visited Billawar forest division and participated in plantation drive being held under 67th Van Mahotsav at different compartments of Basohli forest range.
PCCF J&K Govt A K Singh, CCF Jammu Roshan Jaggi, Director FPF S K Gupta, Director Social Forestry S K Chugh, Director Ecology , Environment & Remote sensing O P Vidyarathi, Conservator East circle Jammu Naveen Shah, Chairman PCB Ravi Kesar, ADC Kathua Dr. Bharat Bhushan, RD PCB Jammu Showkat Choudhary, ACD Kathua Sunil Sharma, SDM Basholi Dhirendar Sharma, DFOs , XENs and officers of sister wings were present during the function.
Later, the Minister held a public meeting at village Chakka Panchayat Plakh Basohli to take firsthand account of various problems being faced by the people.
The deputations from nearby villages highlighted their demands and sought the intervention of the Minister for their early redressal.
Responding to the demands, Ch Lal Singh said that communal harmony in society is prerequisite for development and sought people’s cooperation in carrying forward the development agenda of the Government.
The Minister said that he will leave no stone unturned to make Basholi a model constituency. “With the active co-operation of the people, Basohli will soon become a major tourist destination”, he asserted.
The Minister while addressing the gathering said that work on Rs 220 crore worth PMGSY roads will soon start in Basohli which will further improve the connectivity to the far flung areas. He also informed that 50 small bridges will be constructed in hilly and tough terrain where people have to walk long distances on foot.
The Minister further said that 100 Anganwari centres and a colony for under privileged section of the society will be constructed in Basohli with all the basic facilities.