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J-K Assembly panel asks to demarcate forest area

Statesman News Service | Jammu |

The Committee on Environment of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly on Tuesday asked the Forest Department to demarcate the forest area to prevent encroachments.

A meeting of the committee was held under the chairmanship of Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami to discuss the measures initiated to protect the environment and other natural resources in the state.

The Committee held detailed discussion on 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.

Legislators, Mohammad Baqir Rizvi, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, Daleep Singh Parihar, Neelam Kumar Langeh, Gulzar Ahmed Wani, Bashir Ahmed Dar, Ishfaq Ahmad Sheikh, Abdul Rahim Rather and Anjum Fazli were present in the meeting and gave their suggestions on environment conservation and pollution control.

The measures with regard to regenerate the degraded forests for increasing overall 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.