KUPWARA : The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kupwara, Dr. Doifode Sagar Dattatray on Friday felicitated noted environmentalist Abdul Ahad Khan of Nagri Malpora (Kupwara) who has spent the past 15 years selflessly planting and nurturing chinar trees, aiming to protect this iconic species from vanishing in the region.
In a function at DC office Kupwara, Abdul Ahad Khan was felicitated by Deputy Commissioner Kupwara in recognition of his love for nature, and his passion of transforming empty spaces into flourishing lush green forests.
Describing the achievements and contribution of Abdul Ahad Khan as historic and commendable, DC said that Kupwara district was proud of him and expressed the hope that Khan will bring more laurels not only to district but to UT of J&K by planting hundreds of more chinar trees and nurturing and preserving them.
Dr Sagar said that Khan is a role model and a hero for others.
Pertinently, Ab. Ahad Khan has planted more than 300 chinar trees in Hatmulla village on empty spaces free of cost.
On the occasion, Abdul Ahad Khan said “we all should plant more and more trees and strive to make the earth green. By planting more trees and protecting and preserving existing plants, trees and forests we can ensure our survival”.
Abdul Ahad Khan serves as an inspiring example, defying all stereotypes and demonstrating that an unwavering love for a green and clean environment can foster mutual care between humans and nature.
Khan’s unwavering dedication to this cause has earned him the well-deserved title of the Chinar Man of North Kashmir by the forest department. He proudly shared that he has single-handedly planted hundreds of chinar trees, treating them as his own children. His passion for preserving these majestic trees was ignited when he witnessed a desolate forest in his locality, which prompted him to take action.
In Hatmulla alone, Khan has planted an impressive 300 chinar trees, and hundreds more in various other areas of the district. Not only has he planted trees, but he has also contributed around 700 chinar branches to the forest department for cultivation in their nurseries.
Recognising his significant contributions, the Conservator of North Kashmir honoured him with the prestigious title of “Chinar Man of North Kashmir.”
Khan’s commitment extends beyond mere planting. He has played a leading role in the development of the Nargi-Wari Park, a popular attraction for people across the district. Collaborating closely with forest officials, he showcases his passion and dedication to preserving the chinar trees.