Dehradun, April 11
The Forest Research Institute’s (FRI) proposed centre at Ladowal, Ludhiana, in Punjab will get completed within two years.

According to Dr PP Bhojvaid, Director, FRI, who, along with other senior officials of the institute, visited Punjab on April 9 and participated at a meeting to discuss the modalities of the centre, disclosed that the centre, proposed to come up at Ladowal, would be in 7 acres whereas the covering area of the proposed building of the centre would be around 1 lakh sqft. He said the building would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 21 crore and the construction work be completed within two years.
Bhojvaid disclosed that he held discussions with HS Gujral, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Punjab, and other senior officers of Punjab. During the meeting, it was also decided that a memorandum of understanding would be signed between the Forest Research Institute and the Punjab Government for the purpose of operationalisation of this centre.
Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal visited the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, last year and desired that the FRI should set up a centre of the Forest Research Institute in Punjab. He had also expressed that the design of the building of this proposed institute may be on the pattern and design of the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun.
The main thrust area of research in this institute would be agroforestry and social forestry.

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