Abdul Ahad Khan: The chinar man of North Kashmir, dedicated to saving a vanishing icon
Post by Aatif Qayoom on Monday, May 22, 2023
Srinagar, May 19: Meet Abdul Ahad Khan, a 38-year-old man from Nagri area in Kupwara district, who has taken it upon himself to save the chinar trees from disappearing in the region. For the past 15 years, Khan has been tirelessly planting and nurturing chinar trees, transforming empty spaces into lush forests.
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 250 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 Zangli forest department for cultivation in their nurseries. Recognizing his significant contributions, the Conservator of North Kashmir honored 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.
To sustain his mission, Khan appeals for the support of the forest department. He urges top officials to recognize his unwavering dedication and provide assistance. Despite initial challenges, Khan has persevered and gained expertise in planting chinar trees. He diligently visits the planted areas daily to ensure their well-being.
Abdul Ahad Khan's inspiring story of environmental conservation and his love for chinar trees serves as a shining example for others. His tireless efforts have not only created lush green spaces but have also contributed to the preservation of an important element of Kashmir's natural heritage.
With the backing of the forest department and the recognition from the community, Khan hopes to continue his mission and safeguard the future of chinar trees in the region. His remarkable work stands as a testament to the power of individual action in preserving our environment.