KATRA, January 21: Focusing on the continuous expansion and improvement of facilities for visiting pilgrims, the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has devoted great attention to environmental and ecological conservation and to the greening of the hills of Trikuta and the spaces along the tracks leading to the Sanctuary.
In this context, a meeting was held today under the chairmanship of Mr. Ramesh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board to review planting activities and various seedling origin fruit plants provided by the department J&K Horticulture at the Shrine Board with the aim of exploring the possibilities of planting more such plants near the sacred grove area in the years to come. Mr. Ram Savak, Director Horticulture, Jammu; Mr. Brij Vallabh Gupta, Horticulture Manager, Reasi and Mr. Vinay Khajuria, ACF SMVDSB attended the meeting.
While giving an update on the fruit plants received from the Department of Horticulture, the CEO was informed that fruit species are planted in the Serli Forest area of the Shrine Board, while the CEO offered to identify the species of fruit plant seedlings for planting in Bhairon, Sanjichhat, and Natali during the winter.
The horticulture manager ensures to provide more high yielding seedlings like mango, guava, lichi, peach, orange, etc. during the current winter planting and also ensures to provide more high-density seedlings during the following summers.
The CEO was also informed about the establishment of mother plant area in Kunia nursery which will be established for fruit species like mango, lichi (Muzaffarpur), guava, etc. in an area of about 02 hectares in phase II of the nursery.
In addition, the Director of Horticulture also ensures to provide planting techniques of horticultural species to the staff of the Shrine Board Forestry Wing at Kunia Nursery.
The CEO has emphasized planting high-density plant varieties that yield good quality fruit and are compatible with local climatic conditions. He stressed the need to plant fruit bearing plants to minimize the threat from monkeys. He requested to carry out the timely execution of the planting activities in the following months and to take all necessary measures side by side to increase the green coverage of the Trikuta hills.