10 lakh saplings planted by Forest Deptt in 7 days: Lal Singh

Minister for Forests, Ch. Lal Singh addressing a public gathering at Udhampur on Saturday.
Minister for Forests, Ch. Lal Singh addressing a public gathering at Udhampur on Saturday.

Excelsior Correspondent
UDHAMPUR, July 22: Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment, Choudhary Lal Singh today launched a massive plantation drive along the Jammu – Srinagar National Highway stretch failing in Udhampur district.
The drive, a part of 68th Van Mahotsava, was launched by the Minister by planting saplings at Tikri, Mand, Phalata and Pangara including ornamental, shady, medicinal and fruit trees.
MLA Udhampur, Pawan Gupta, MLA Chenani-Ghordi  Dina Nath Bhagat, PCCF J&K ,Ravi Kumar Kesar and DDC Niraj Kumar were also present and planted saplings on the occasion.
Addressing a public meeting at Pangara after the launch of plantation drive, the Minister urged upon the common masses to come forward and cooperate with the Forest Department in regenerating and restoring the forests across the State.
Underscoring the importance of trees, the Minister said that the forests not only provide natural habitat for wildlife but also help in maintaining ecological balance. ‘The need of the hour is to join hands to protect the State’s green gold and carry out plantation drives in large number’, emphasized the Minister.
He informed that similar plantation drives are being carried out by the Forest Department across the State as a part of the celebration of 68th Van Mahotsava, which commenced from 14th July.
Lauding the efforts of the department, the Minister said that around 10 lakh saplings were planted by it in 7 days of the commencement of Van Mahotsava.
Meanwhile, the people of these areas also projected their problems and sought repair of roads, adequate staff at PHC Mansar etc. and construction of Forest Guest house at Bhathi-Pangara.. Responding to the demands, the Minister asked the concerned departments to resolve their problems within the shortest possible time.

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