STATE TIMES NEWS KATRA: Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board is making continuing endeavours to conserve environment besides making green Trikuta Hills and spaces along the tracks leading to the Shrine. Towards achieving the objective, the Shrine Board under its Annual Greening Plan during current monsoon, launched a plantation drive at Adhkuwari on Friday, under which 1.50 lakh saplings will be planted in the Shrine area during ongoing plantation season. These will include plants of horticulture, floriculture, medicinal and ornamental species. Simrandeep Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, launched the plantation drive by planting saplings of Peepal, Bargad and other species at Adhkuwari. Thereafter, a massive plantation drive was undertaken in Adhkuwari area, wherein a large number of visiting pilgrims and officials of Shrine Board participated actively. The species of saplings planted on the occasion includes Chinar, Peepal, Bargad, Harad, Bhera, Amla, Jamun, Arjuna, Bauhinia, Amrud, Imli, Amaltas, Marigold, Sunflower, Balsam, Pansy, other soil binder species, etc. All these saplings have been made available for plantation by the hi-tech Nursery established by the Shrine Board at Kunia, Panthal to meet the quality planting material requirements of the Board. Others present on the occasion included Vivek Verma, Additional CEO; Deepak Dubey, Deputy CEO; Vinay Khajuria, ACF; and other concerned officers and staff of the Shrine Board.
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