Govt directs felling all female Russian poplars

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, Friday chaired a meeting to discuss the pollen related infections in wake of the spread of COVID19 and to work out a strategy.

The Divisional Commissioner directed all Deputy Commissioners (DCS) and officers concerned to enforce complete ban on plantation and growing of female Russian poplar trees in private nurseries in compliance of the High Court orders.

He directed that pruning, lopping of female poplar trees on property land within 500 meters of habitation should be conducted within 10 days and warned of strict action for non-compliance.He said the State Forest Corporation (SFC) should axe all female Russian poplar trees on their lands or at any other locations within one week.

Any species of this variety on state land or Kahcharie land within 500 meters from village and other habitations should also be felled down within 10 days. He directed the DCs to constitute teams for cutting the trees on state and Kahcharie land.

The SFC has been asked to increase capacities so far as male popular trees are concerned, so that saplings and cuttings of such trees are available to the farmers on reasonable rates.