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Somsai Battalion organises 'Save Shirui' tree plantation drive

 Source: The Sangai Express / Mungchan Zimik

Ukhrul, August 02 2021: In a bid to regenerate the Shirui hill that was destroyed by wildfire this year during the dry season, 27 AR Somsai Battalion, Ukhrul today launched a tree plantation drive in the district under the banner "Save Shirui" .

Col Rippon Bora, Commandant 27 AR , Ukhrul who attended the drive as the chief guest stressed the need to preserve forest in order to protect the flora and fauna of the region.

He recalled the fire incident of March 26 at Shirui mountain that ravaged the maximum portion of eastern and northern slopes.

Wild fire has destroyed more than 115 hectares of Shirui forest land this year.

He also highlighted the main objectives of "Save Shirui" while adding that the Assam Rifles has arranged more than 4,000 tree saplings to plant in the Shirui hill.

Col Rippon Bora launched the Shirui afforestation programme at Vangayan in the foothill of Shirui peak, in the presence of DFO Ukhrul, Shangam Shaliwo and two headmen of Shirui villages - Khavangpam Wungsek & Wungchangam Shangh and 27 AR officers.

More than 400 persons including the villagers of Shirui participated in the one day massive tree plantation drive jointly organised by 27 AR, Ukhrul District Forest Division and Shirui village.