SRINAGAR: The Secretary Forests, Mr Mohammad Afzal today released a departmental publication “Soil Conservation Digest and Technical Bulletin” a departmental publication of Soil Conservation Department pertaining to codification of Indus Basin catchments (Ladakh Region).
On the occasion, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, A.K.Singh, Director Soil Conservation, Mr. M. J. Sharma besides Director, Ecology & Environment, Director, FPF & Social Forestry Departments, Member Secretary, J&K Pollution Control Board, senior officers of Soil Conservation and Forest Departments were present.
While addressing to gathering, the Secretary Forest said that publication will be a valuable handy reference for departmental functionaries as well as students and researchers besides other departments and those interested in the field of Soil, Forest and Water Conservation. He asked officers to work in close coordination for conservation of forests and forest assets.
Appreciating the initiatives, team work and contribution of the functionaries of soil conservation department, Mr Afzal hoped that the department will continue its efforts to bring out such valuable publications in future also. He also lauded those associated with the publication for collecting and compiling such a huge data, which is now available in the form of a book for forest conservators, students and scholars, he added.
Earlier giving the details of the activities of the Department, the Director Soil Conservation Mr HK Sharma said that department has worked in the field of survey and formulation of Project Reports of critical areas hit by soil conservation related problems and has also implemented a number of schemes/projects in the State. He said the department has so far turned 30,000 hectares of un-used forest land into lush green patches.
Mr Sharma said that the Department has also taken some prestigious projects like CAT Baglihar, NHPC Uri CAT and has done a wonderful job in stabilizing the disturbed slopes in the catchments. He said Rangil, Tujjar-Sharief, Chewa, Watnar, Gojripora, Loolipora, Nishat, Tsuent Wali War, Takia Farooq Shah, Gulab Bagh Lower Munda in Kashmir Region, Birpur, Purmandal, Chenani Catchment, Balol Catchment, Lower Tawi, Rui Catchment, Dinga Amb, Balshama, Nonath, Phalata in Jammu Region and Mathu, Barsoo in Ladakh Region are among the success stories of the department.