Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday said that 1.30 crore saplings are proposed to be planted across the Union Territory this year.
“During this year, a target of 1.30 crore saplings is proposed to be planted across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” LG Sinha said after launching “Green J&K Drive-2021” from IIT Jammu in Nagrota area here in the city outskirts.
He said that the ‘Green J&K Drive’ aims at creating a people’s movement at a massive scale with the involvement of all stakeholders particularly Village Panchayats, Women, Students, Urban Local Bodies, Institutions, NGOs, and Civil Society.
“IIT Jammu and J&K Forest Department have taken up the Greening and Eco-restoration of forest land diverted for the purpose of creation of this august institution,” he expressed.
The Lieutenant Governor said that it is vital to ensure balance between Development and Conservation. “The Forest and Tree cover of J&K is around 55percent which is substantially higher than the National average of 24.56 percent,” he asserted.
“Our aim is to bring two third geographical areas of J&K under forest and tree cover,” said Mr Sinha.