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GTA forest department celebrates Bann Mahotsav in Mirik

GTA forest department celebrates Bann Mahotsav in Mirik
The GTA forest department today celebrated ‘Bann Mahotsav’ in Mirik marked with awareness programmes and tree sapling plantations. The festivities started with a function at Krishnanagar Club House, in the presence of Darjeeling MLA Trilok Dewan, Kurseong MLA Dr. Rohit Sharma and DFO DB Basnett along with various other departmental officials. The guests and forest officials also attended a plantation drive at Mirik Forest office premises, where they planted different tree saplings.
DFO DB Basnett in his address said the continuous increase in population has led to decline if forest covers, leading to frequent landslides and other calamities along with decrease in natural water sources. “The main reason for the global climate change is also due to decline in forest cover across the world. In that context, I not just urge the department but also the common people to come ahead and save the forests,” he stated.
Basnett further informed the forest department has already initiated the move to save the forest and as part of its Krishi Programme last year, it has already planted 40 thousand tree saplings. The farmers were also suggested and trained on growing bamboo grove, conservation of natural springs for drinking water and soil fertilization etc.
The function, presided over by Mirik forest department Sabhasad Ratan Thapa and conducted by official Prakash Thapa, was also addressed by the other guests. They urged the people and various organisations and associations to work together to save forest and help in its conservation.(EOIC)

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