Tourism body shows concern over forest fires

Tourism body shows concern over forest fires

Asks Govt to take remedial measures

Travel Agents association of Kashmir (TAAK) has expressed serious concern over the frequent forest fires in Kashmir, saying it leads to the “devastation of forests.”

“It is unfortunate to note that almost every year the forests either catch fire accidently, or are being set on fire by unscrupulous elements and greedy people.

“It is shocking to note that our forest department is not well equipped and prepared to fight these calamities. Although the forest department has the forest guards and forest protection force on its rolls, such incidents and vandalisation of forests go on unabated

“We request the Chief Minister and the Forest minister to take a serious note of these incidents.

“It is also requested that the government should come up with fire fighting control rooms with ever ready water storage and reservoir units at various places which can cater to immediate requirements of fire fighting in the forests,” the association in a statement said.

“We also request the local population around these forests to be vigilant and bring such culprits to the fore who are hell bent to destroy our nature wealth,” it said.