The GREEN DRIVE by State Government is an effort to combat pollution and take a step towards maintaining the ecological balance in Jammu & Kashmir by focusing on the single most critical element in the sustenance of life on earth- A Tree.
Here are interesting things to know about Green Jammu and Kashmir drive :
- In a major environment-friendly initiative of planting 50 lakh saplings by June 2020, the SAC approved the launch of Green Jammu and Kashmir drive from July 8.
- It will be organised by the forest, environment and ecology department by involving panchayats, civil society, educational institutions and other stakeholders to plant tree saplings over degraded forest land, areas retrieved from encroachments, roadside areas, etc.
- In the phase I, the plantation activities will primarily be focused in the Jammu region where 9 lakh trees over 2,300 hectares are targeted for plantation this monsoon season.
- The department will also be distributing plants to the masses and to the interested people for afforestation through Forest Department outlets.
Further, the Department has been asked to make all necessary arrangements for undertaking afforestation activities in various districts of Jammu province including Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Nowshera, Billawar and parts of Rajouri, Reasi, Udhampur, Ramnagar and Ramban.
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Similar drive shall be undertaken as part of Green J&K Initiative in the month of November-December in Kashmir region and winter zones of Jammu region and thereafter in March-April to achieve the target of 50 lakh trees by June, 2020.
Source: Inputs from Online reports