Jammu, Nov 11: As much as ` 1.29 crore are being expended across Jammu Forest Division under Compensatory aforestation Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) during current fiscal, an official statement said.
Various works have been under taken across the forest division Jammu under the scheme which envisages restoration of degraded forest land. So far `63.71 lakh have been utilized against the total allocations.
The information was given to the Minister for Forest and Environment Main Altaf Ahmad during who inspected the pace of work at various construction sites in the vicinity forest areas of Jammu.
The department has set a target of planting `12.24 lakh saplings and carry out the fencing of over 68156 running feet forest areas (rft) against the current plan allocations.
The minister was told that 59,175 feet area has been fenced while 89,100 saplings have been planted so far under the programme.
The Minister while taking stock of the activities registered under the scheme at Compartment 6 and compartment ¾ in Chuwadi area, besides Compartment 64 and compartment 66 in Bahu Batra Forest area, underscored the need for taking concrete measures for the protection of newly planted saplings for the aforestation of the waste land. He also called containing on the encroachment on the forest land by accelerating the fencing work adding that the steps shall also be taken for realizing the already encroached land.
Mian Altaf directed concerned authorities to take all possible steps for ensuring completion of all aforestation works taken up and State and Central programmes in a stipulated time frame. The Minister asserted that States green gold should be protected at all costs and asked the concerned authorities to strengthen surveillance on the forest areas and simultaneously bring more land under the forest cover.
Principal Chief Conservative Forest R. D. Tiwari, Conservator of Forest Jammu S. K. Gupta and Divisional Forest Officer Kwaja Qamir-Din Jammu and other senior officers of the forest department accompanied the Minister during the visit.