BHADERWAH, MAY 03 – Minister for Forest, Social Welfare, Ecology and Environment Mr. Bali Bhagat during his intensive tour of Districts Doda and Kishtwar met the people at Sarthal and Bhaderwah to take stock of their problems.
Deputations of people of Sarthal interacted with the minister and raised various issues including demarcation of Sarthal Forest land, Water scarcity, Road restoration works and damages to the infrastructure, life and property due to recent rains and floods to which minister gave patient hearing and gave on spot instructions to the concerned authorities to redress the problems on priority. Damage to the protection wall of the Sarthal Devi Temple Complex was personally inspected by the Minister and issued directions for its immediate repairs.
Responding to the demand of the demarcation and eviction of encroachers from the Sarthal forest land Mr. Bhagat said that retrieving back the encroached land is the mission of the Government and directed Conservator of Forest Chenab circle to ensure the demarcation of forest land besides asked him to start the process of the evictions as per Forest Act.
An album on pilgrim tourism titled “JAMMU AMONG THE GODS” about the various religious places of the state authored by Narinder Pandit was also released by the Minister at Sarthal. Mr Bali Bhagat expressed pleasure over its release and said such books bring local religious places at the pilgrimage tourism map and generate new economic avenues for the people.