Stringent steps require protecting forest cover, natural resources in J&K

Zafar Bhat. Dated: 1/4/2019 11:02:26 AM

Zafar Bhat
Jammu, Jan 3
While there is awareness of the J&K government’s initiatives to protect forest areas and wildlife across the state, little is known by the general public about how the initiatives are undertaken and what the outcomes have been so far, while the measures should be initiated to protect the environment and other natural resources in the State.
However, it is laid down that the status of forest management besides, the total protected forest cover in the state, new targets for forest demarcation and the quantum of total area demarcated during last 2 years in the state.
Whereas, the measures with regard to regenerate the degraded forests for increasing over all green cover and status of encroachment over the forest land and water bodies in the state and the steps contemplated by the department to save the precious natural resources were also prominently discussed. The role of pollution control board viz-a-viz department of Environment and Ecology in conservation and protection of forests in the state was also discussed.
Notably, the Forest department must take all necessary steps to demarcate the entire forest land to avoid day to day encroachment efforts by unscrupulous elements for their ulterior motives. It requires call for strict action against the encroachers and stringent steps to retrieve encroached forest land so that our green cover should be protected to save the coming generations.
Particularly, the concerned authorities ought to conduct a survey to find out the actual needs of the brick kilns in the state and on the basis of the survey the government should take necessary steps and adopt a mechanism to check the pollution level out of these brick kilns. It also should seek strict action against illegal brick kilns working in the state.
However, the concerned authorities have to implement its directions and suggestions in letter and spirit and it will be helpful to the department to balance of ecology of the state. The concerned department need to launch a plantation derive at uncovered and forest land in the state because Forests is the lifeline of Environment and Ecology besides survival of whole humanity in the world.


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