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Don’t put advertisement material on Chinar trees: Govt

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Srinagar, Jun 24: Government has banned installing of hoardings, signboards and advertisement materials on Chinar trees in the Kashmir Valley.

“J&K Society for Trekking and Environmental Preservation Srinagar vide their communication NO JK/STEP/54/19 dated 11.06.2019 has brought into the notice of this office that schools, coaching institutions, industrial units and others are making injudicious use of signboards and other allied materials by way of fixing them on the Chinar trees which resultantly damages them and also distorts natural beauty of the tree,” reads a government order.

It said that Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has directed all Deputy Commissioners to impose blanket ban on such activities and has also directed them to ensure that all the hoardings and other signboards be removed from the Chinar trees.

“The line of action in this regard stands already taken by Deputy Commissioner Srinagar vide Order No 06 of 2018 dated 01.12.201B directing all his field functionaries to ensure removal of hoardings/signboards installed on the Chinar trees under J8K Preservation of Specified Trees Act 1969.”

“As you are aware that the Chinar is a heritage tree of Kashmir and seen as a symbol of the state. It is our duty to make every effort to preserve them and to aware general masses about the Proper maintenance of these trees,” the government order reads.

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