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Jammu: As many as 25 lakh trees will be planted in Jammu region in the coming Monsoon season.
Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Rajiv Jasrotia said today that the department is planning to carry out the mega plantation drive in Jammu division this monsoon season starting in the month of July and during this period as many as 25 lakh saplings will be planted across 50 forest ranges which will be identified in the coming days.
Director State Forest Research Institute informed the Minister that 40 lakh saplings are available in Jammu region for plantation during this monsoon season.
The meeting was told that a massive plantation plan will be undertaken in the left out stretches of National Highway from Udhampur to Lakhanpur.
Pertinently, in the year 2017-18 around 21.98 lakh saplings were planted across Jammu region under various schemes while this year a provision of the plantation of 40 lakh saplings is in place.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary Saurabh Bhagat, Principal Chief Conservator Forests M M Pant, Chief Conservator Forests Kashmir Farooq Geelani, Chief Conservator Forests Jammu Sameer Bharti, Director Social Forestry A K Singh and Conservator Forests Srinagar, Chenab and West circle and Officer on Special Duty with Forest Minister N S Jamwal.