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Srinagar, March 5: Forest Department of Kashmir has commenced the much-awaited plantation drive across the valley starting Tuesday.

Today a plantation drive was launched in Bandipora district with a target of planting 1.32 lakh saplings to increase the green cover and check soil erosions in the district. The drive was launched by Territorial Forest Department in collaboration with District Legal Services Authority (DLSA). The drive was formally inaugurated by Secretary DLSA Iqbal Ahmad Akhoon with plantation of at least 1000 saplings on the deforested areas of shahab-ud-Din hills in the Bandipora town.

DFO Bandipora, Chief Agriculture Officer Bandipora, Chief Horticulture Officer Bandipora, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Forest officers, Civil society members participated in the drive.

DFO Bandipora Shabir Ahmad Bhat informed that broad leaved plants,conifers besides fruit bearing trees and medicinal plants are being planted on barren hills.

Conservator of Forests Srinagar Forest Circle Irfan Ali Shah (IFS) under whose jurisdiction falls Bandipora Forest Division ,while speaking on phone to this Correspondent about the event said “The Forest Department is committed for Greening of Bandipora Hills and many Plantation Units have been successfully raised during the preceding years which have increased green cover and prevented soil loss.This year we have started our plantation drive from Bandipora. We will be soon doing plantations in Srinagar, Tangmarg, Ganderbal, Budgam areas of Srinagar Forest Circle in collaboration with private school association, NGOs, Educational Institutions,Local youth etc

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