Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday formed five-member ‘tree authorities’ to ensure the preservation of trees within the jurisdiction of Srinagar and Jammu Municipal Corporations.
To be headed by Mayors of the respective corporations, the ‘tree-authorities’ have been also tasked to obtain a declaration from all owners or occupants about the number of trees in their lands, to specify the standards regarding the number and kind of tress in each locality and type of land and premises.
As per an order accessed by GNS, the authorities have been entrusted with assisting private and public institutions connected with planting and preservation of trees and undertake such schemes or measures as may be directed from time to time for achieving the objectives of these provisions.
Besides Mayors as the chairmen, the respective authorities comprise Deputy Mayors, Commissioners, Divisional Forest Officer of Urban Forestry Divisions and District Horticulture Officers (GNS)
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