Srinagar, Mar.24 (ANI): Rampant deforestation has prompted authorities in Srinagar to launch an afforestation drive that includes the planting of Chinar saplings, which have been a part of Kashmir's heritage for generations.
The Kashmir Valley's Chinar trees have been an attraction for tourists for decades, and this rare tree is now on the verge of extinction due to deforestation.
Sensing the urgency of the matter, the authorities in collaboration with the state forest department, launched this drive on Saturday.
"We are trying to protect the trees and create awareness among the new generation about it," Divisional Commissioner, Asgar Samon.
Scores of students participating in the drive appreciated the move and said that such initiatives would promote an environment friendly nation.
"It is a very good step taken by the government and they should initiate such steps in future like Chinar should be planted more as there is problem of deforestation. These steps should be promoted within the nation in a bid to promote environment friendly nation," student, Sajad Ahmad.
Several people volunteered to participate in the drive and played their part in spreading consciousness about the preservation of the environment.
The state government kickstarted this movement with an aim to preserve environment as well as attract more tourists to the state.
The number of Chinar trees, locally known as 'Boen', has been dwindling since the last four decades. (ANI)