Greening initiative for Srinagar, 2 lakh saplings being planted

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal chairing a meeting on Wednesday.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal chairing a meeting on Wednesday.

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Mar 6: Under an ambitious participatory plantation initiative, more than 2 lakh saplings would be planted across Srinagar city during current year by reaching out to every household. Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir will launch this “Green Srinagar” initiative of District Administration, Srinagar soon.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar finalised arrangements in a meeting attended by Jt Director Planning, DFO Social Forestry, SFO Urban Forestry, DFO Soil Conservation, District Floriculture Officer, officers from SMC and other departments.
Srinagar Smart City project in collaboration with Departments of Floriculture, Forests, Social Forestry, Soil Conservation, Education and Municipal Corporation will initiate the greening project for plantation at institutional areas, Government educational establishments, offices, public parks, along roads and particularly at household level.
As per the finalised scheme of greening initiative, 50,000 chinar saplings will be planted in institutional areas, avenues and will be provided to individual households. Plants exposed to public or vehicular movements will be provided tree-guards. Similarly, Forest Department will plant 10,000 saplings and 83,000 saplings will be planted by Social Forestry Department. Soil Conservation and Social Forestry departments have drawn a comprehensive plantation plan for different eco-sensitive and fragile areas apart from city fringes.
Joint Director Planning has been assigned the responsibility of overall coordination while DFO Urban Forestry will be Nodal Officer for implementation of scheme. A Mobile App will be launched next week where people can register for delivery and plantation of saplings.
Chief Executive Officer, Srinagar Smart City / Deputy Commissioner will monitor the progress on weekly basis after launch later this month. A helpline is being established for public outreach and delivery of saplings.