x

Like our Facebook Page

   
Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
 
Breaking News :   Terrorist killed during gunbattle in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam; arms, ammunition seized in Rajouri | Terrorist hideout busted in Rajouri | JEE-Mains exam to be held between September 1 to 6, JEE-Advanced on September 27 and NEET on September 13: HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ | Indian Army deploys another division in East Ladakh amid border row with China | Dumped after becoming irrelevant | The Ball is in China’s Court | Haiku: The Japanese Poems | Agribusiness Centres for Rural Employment Generation | India On The Right Course | Transfer order of lecturers leaves School Education Department ‘red faced’ | Hawala allegations put BJP in dilemma for new SMC Mayor | PDP jumps into chorus as SMC’s mayoral fiasco turns shriller | Omar under fire for opposing domicile to West Pak refugees, Valmikis | Jolted by no-confidence motion, BJP goes into damage control exercise | JKPDC faces shortage of engineers, several posts vacant | 5 engineers enjoy ‘unending’ deputation in Jal Shakti Department | Hr Edu Deptt indecisive about taking call about college students | PCB reprimands MC Rajouri for dumping garbage in Salani river | COVID-19 death toll in JK reaches 119 as four more die, 170 fresh cases come up | Era of expansionism is over; India's enemies have seen ''fire and fury'' of its armed forces: Modi | Programme of Gayatri Mantra chanting organized | JKTF reconstitutes body for Jammu district | ‘Constant vigilance, consumer awareness key in combating trade of illicit goods’ | Religious places to continue to remain closed till further orders | Munish Gupta asks government to solve problems of people of lane 7 Digiana | With sticks, Forest employees douse fire in Shangus forests | Chief Justice Gita Mittal interacts with lawyers, judicial officers | CAT has no jurisdiction to hear J&K Bank cases : High Court | Commuters suffer, authorities unmoved as Mendhar BG Gali road continues to be in shambles | 47 fresh positive, 1824 cumulative cases, 10 recovered and 26 deaths till date in north Kashmir | Udhampur Police solve murder case, main culprit held | One more Govt employee arrested for running anti-India campaign on social media | ACB produces chargesheet against two in fraudulent appointments case | School land under threat of illegal occupation, admin mute spectator | Militant responsible for Bijbehara attack, CRPF HC killed in Srinagar encounter | Div Com Jammu inspects Jammu Ring Road project | Amarnath Yatra: HC seeks details of quarantine facilities, treatment of COVID-19 patients | Director RDD&PR visited remotest parts of Kishtwar, inspect developmental works | Navin chairs NMSA, NeGP-A Committees meeting | PCB Ramban conducts anti polythene drive in Chanderkote | DC Poonch provides cash relief to victim of cross border shelling | Hillview Honda unveils New Honda WR-V | Cancel delimitation based on Census 2011 to dispense justice to Jammu: Mahajan | NGO Jiyo Aur Jeene Do organizes plantation drive | Immune Booster medicines distributed in Galak Panchyat | Congress hold protest across Kathua district against fuel prices | 2 bovine smugglers arrested, 18 bovines rescued | JKTJAC demands delegation of DDO powers, postings of ZEOs | CLUJ faculty , students Participate in two days online webinar | Power shut down | Jhajjarkotli-Udhampur Transmission Line being charged on July 6 | Dwivedi holds I&C, GAD officers’ meets, reviews Darbar Move arrangements | 2,400 Ceasefire Violations by Pakistan Along LoC Killed 14 Indians in Past 6 Months | Penalty imposed on RTC Driver | Tehsildar conducts market checking of Kishtwar town | Increase in number of orphans, abandoned babies in Kmr | Back Issues  
 
news details
No accountability on purchase of saplings
Greenery on roads missing
7/24/2019 12:54:51 AM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad

Early Times Report

Srinagar, July 23: Every year crores of rupees are spent on planting saplings, trees are not visible on the roads in Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir was one of the richest states across India with regard to flora and fauna. Despite government's claims about planting trees along the roads but not much is visible on the roads.
An official of Forest Department said government has been spending crores on plantation every year but fails to keep its maintenance. "The concerned departments are facing shortage of staff to keep the maintenance. There are also allegations about misappropriation of funds in purchasing saplings," the official said.
The National Green Tribunal has also rapped the National Highways Authority of India for not maintaining the mandatory green cover along national and state highways.
However, not much plants are along roads in the state. Even the government has failed to plant trees along the highways, which is mandatory as per National Green Tribunal directives.
In Srinagar and Jammu, major roads are without greenery.
The Government has been spending a huge amount of money on planting trees and saplings to beautify the streets of Srinagar and Jammu. However, the saplings dry or are stolen.
Now under an ambitious participatory plantation initiative, the government has set up a target of planting more than 2 lakh saplings cross Srinagar city during current year.
As per the finalized scheme of greening initiative, 50,000 chinar saplings will be planted in institutional areas, avenues and will be provided to individual households.
"There are allegations about misappropriation of funds in purchasing saplings," the official said.
Governor Satya Pal Malik has also said that those in-charge of the state's forests have made millions through dubious means.
"See the bungalows in Vasant Vihar or Maharani Bagh in Delhi of those who worked in the Forest Department. I know several families who have made millions as they had the charge of Forests. The forests of Jammu and Kashmir have been destroyed painfully. They are our lungs and we are alive because of them," the Governor said.
The government has now set up a target to plant at least 50,00000 saplings in Kashmir till June next year.
"The government has also decided to plant 50 thousand Chinar saplings in addition to some 1.50 lac other tree saplings in schools and institutional areas and along avenues across Srinagar during the first year. Plants exposed to public or vehicular movements are also being tree-guarded under the project," a government spokesperson in a statement said.
However, the official said there has to be accountability. "We have to check when and where the money has been spent on purchase of saplings," the official said.
Jammu and Kashmir has its forest cover stretching over 23,241 square kilometers, which is 10.46 per cent of its total geographical area of 1,01,387 square kilometers.
However, over one lakh kanals of forest area has been encroached in Kashmir.
An official of Forest Department said they have been facing stiff opposition for clearing forest from encroachers.
"Thousands of kanals have been encroached by bureaucrats, politicians and forces over the years. There are some powerful people who have been creating hurdles in eviction process," the official said.
A source said increase in forest fires also happen due to non-demarcation of forest land in the state. "Had the forests been demarcated in the state, less such incidents would have happened," the source said.
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
  Comment on this Story  
 
 
 
Early Times Android App
STOCK UPDATE
  
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
 
CRICKET UPDATE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
 
 
J&K RELATED WEBSITES
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
JKTDC
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
UTILITY
Train Enquiry
IRCTC
Matavaishnodevi
BSNL
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
PUBLIC INTEREST
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
JK CAMPA
JK GAD
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
EDUCATION
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
JKBOSE
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center
SMVDU