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EditorialStop J&K from becoming concrete Jungle!

Stop J&K from becoming concrete Jungle!


It is disheartening that city developers in believe that constructing green towers beneath the flyovers, with nominal plantations, can adequately substitute for the benefits provided by the natural trees. These trees, which once served as habitats for birds, monkeys, and various small creatures, were also vital oxygen generators. Unfortunately, over the past decade, hundreds of Peepal, Neem, Eucalyptus, Mango, Keekar, and other indigenous plant species have been sacrificed in the name of development. This gradual loss has transformed the breathtaking landscapes and pristine beauty of the region into a lifeless concrete jungle that has posed a serious challenge to sustain vibrant life.

Lately, so-called nature lovers have started blaming the mobile towers for disappearance of household sparrows and many other birds and animal species including Jugnoos from the cities but none among them has any problem with green gold vanishing in the name of development showing the peak of hypocrisy as the cement, bricks and other material blocks have mercilessly snatched away the natural habitats of the animal kingdom which earlier used to rule the roost living in tandem with the people who were more humane and close to nature.

It is unfortunate that people of Jammu, who conventionally were quite noble, kind and religion oriented never stood against the critical urbanization which snatched away the green cover in the name of development as construction of roads, buildings and other projects have heartlessly cut hundreds of trees making the animals and birds homeless, and finally extinct from the region as urban planners never paid any heed towards creating green spaces for the displaced aboriginal members of animal kingdom, leave aside the cases of plants and trees. Considering this sad tale of urban centres of J&K, one can say that still there is a chance to revert and reforest J&K by carrying out a noble pursuit using scientific methods or else it will become too late.

No doubt that the loss of green cover has been colossal, posing a threat to the delicate ecological balance and the aesthetic essence that used to define the region. To curb this alarming trend, an urgent and concerted effort to raise woodlands in parks and other vacant spaces is imperative.

The rapid urbanization and expansion of infrastructure have led to the depletion of forests and green spaces, resulting in adverse environmental consequences. Reforestation emerges as a holistic solution, offering multifaceted benefits. First and foremost, the restoration of woodlands in parks and vacant spaces acts as a natural carbon sink, mitigating the adverse effects of climate change. Trees play a pivotal role in absorbing carbon dioxide, purifying the air, and providing a source of oxygen, an invaluable service to combat the escalating environmental challenges faced by humans.

By strategically planting native tree species, Jammu and Kashmir can contribute significantly to the global effort to combat climate change. Beyond the environmental implications, the infusion of woodlands contributes to the preservation of biodiversity. Native trees and plant species serve as habitats for a diverse array of flora and fauna, fostering a delicate ecological balance.


The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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