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ANANTNAG: Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF), Kashmir, Farooq Gillani today held a detailed tour of South Kashmir to inspect the ongoing developmental works taken up by the Department in South Kashmir.

Plantation drive was also carried out at Forest Complex Khanabal by way of planting of Chinar / Conifer plants. Later a review meeting was held at Divisional Headquarter Khanabal, Anantnag Forest Division. Tawheed Ahmad Deva (IFS),Conservator of Forests, South Circle, Wild Life Warden – South, DFO Anantnag, Lidder, Kulgam, Awantipora, Shopian Forest Divisions, Deputy Director – Forest Protection Force, Divisional Manager SFC Extraction Division Anantnag and DFO: Social Forestry Division, Anantnag attended the meeting.

During the course of review meeting, it was informed that around 5.70 lakh plants of different species are being planted over an area of 495 hectares of Forest land in the Forest divisions of South Kashmir viz, Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam, Awantipora and Lidder during current financial year 2018-19. Besides 6700 plants of different species were planted so far by the Forest Department South Circle in collaboration with various institutions by way of participation of College / School Students and local youth. Accordingly, it was intimated that on the request of some prominent citizens of District Anantnag, DFO: Anantnag Forest Division was directed to take up the plantation on war footing basis for beautification of Anantnag Town.

The construction work of Divisional Office at Forest Complex Khanabal which is being constructed against the estimated cost of Rs 87.87 lakh at present was also inspected by the CCF Kashmir along with other construction works which are also going on at present in the division.

DFOs were also advised to start the enumeration of fallen trees in the forests along with the Divisional Manager of State Forest Corporation so that the current year markings for extraction of timber is handed over to SFC well in time.

Besides, the delegation of wood based Industries were also attended and were give full assurance that their genuine demands will be put forth in next Steering Committee Meeting of the Forest Department to redress their grievances at an earliest.

The protection scenario of the South Circle was also discussed in the meeting and instructions were passed to DFOs of South Circle and other officers of sister wings of the Department who were present in the meeting to tackle the incidents of forest damages in the vulnerable areas of Mattan, Kuthar, Shopian and Daksum on priority basis. In the review meeting, the emphasis were also laid on proper coordination between Forest Department and its allied sister wings viz, Forest Protection Force, Wild Life Protection Department, State Forest Corporation and directions were also passed to work in synergy for the best protection of forests.