Altaf Hamid Rao;
MIRPUR (AJK): The monsoon tree plantation drive has started across Azad Jammu Kashmir including Mirpur division during which at least ten million saplings would be planted throughout the liberated territory, official sources said.
In Mirpur Division, Divisional Commissioner Muhammad Tayyeb inaugurated the monsoon tree plantation drive by planting a sapling in New Mirpur City, the newly constructed abode of the Mangla dam raising project affectees on Tuesday.
The Div. Commissioner also inaugurated the nursery of plants constructed by Mangla Dam Housing Authority in the New City.
Talking to this Correspondent on this occasion, Muhammad Tayyeb said that at least ten thousand saplings would be planted in Mirpur district during the monsoon tree plantation campaign. He emphasized that tree plantation is the only affective sources to combat environmental pollution besides to ensure neat and clean environment in Mirpur district and the adjoining areas.
He said that the hospital and industrial units waste and the smoke of the automobile vehicles was causing the environmental pollution in various parts of the district. He added that maximum tree plantation was the strong source to ensure the pollution-free environment.
He invited the people including the students and the staff of the nation building institutions to enthusiastically participate in the campaign by planting maximum trees in their respective areas to make the drive complete success.
Meanwhile, the State Forces Department sources told this Correspondent Tuesday that the tree-plantation campaign has simultaneously been launched by all the related government functionaries including the AJK Forest Department for which all necessary arrangements for distribution of saplings through the stipulated points across AJK have been made.
The sources said that the target of planting ten million saplings across AJK during the campaign has been fixed by the departments. Of these over a million saplings will be planted in Mirpur division comprising Mirpur, Kotli and Bhimbher districts.
The sources further said that to meet the target and to protect plants in future, people belonging to all walks of life including employees of public and private sector organizations, NGOs, students and other members of the civil society would be engaged in this campaign. The saplings will be made available free of cost on all the official nurseries of the AJK forest Department and the sales points.