Forest & Wildlife

Chief Conservator of Forests & Chief Wild Life Warden is the Head of the Department. Deputy Conservator of Forests is the Head of Office and Drawing & Disbursing Officer. There are two posts of Deputy Conservator of Forests viz. Deputy Conservator of Forests [Wildlife] & Deputy Conservator of Forests [Botanical Garden & Nature Reserve & Director, Minor Minerals]. There are two posts of Sub Divisional Soil Conservation Officers [gazetted],  2 Range Officers, 1 Deputy Ranger, 12 Foresters and 15 Forest Guards. The total strength of the department including  Ministerial staff is 50.

Forest Area

Total forest area in U.T.Chandigarh is 3245.30 hectares as shown in the following table :-


Name of the forests

Area in hectares


Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary



Lake Reserve forests



Sukhna choe Reserve forests



Patiali-ki-Rao forests



Forest area at Brick kiln Manimajra





The Department is taking up multifarious activities for improving the green cover of U.T. Chandigarh, preserving and protecting the Wildlife, creating awareness among the people of Chandigarh about the protection of flora and fauna & preservation & restoration of bio-diversity.  To increase green cover in U.T. Chandigarh, “Annual Greening Chandigarh Action Plan” is being prepared and released for implementation by all greening departments.
Green Cover of UT Chandigarh

As per the State of Forests Report -2013 (SFR) of Forests Survey of India (FSI), the forest cover in UT Chandigarh is 43.26 sq. km and another 10 sq km area is under tree cover. Thus, the total green cover (forest cover + tree cover) of Chandigarh as per SFR-2013 is 53.26 sq. km which form 38% of its total geographical area.

The Schemes of the department and their objectives are as under:-

1. Forest Conservation & Development

The main objective of this scheme is to reduce the silt inflow to Sukhna lake by carrying out various kinds of soil conservation works. The works like construction of silt retension dams, masonry check dams, spurs/revetments, desiltation of dams, construction of grade stabilizers, planting of live-hedge and opening of choe bed etc. are being undertaken under this scheme.

2. Plantation Scheme

The main objective of this scheme is to provide a carpet of vegetation in open patches/hill tops to reduce soil erosion by planting/sowing of seeds.  Plants raised in the newly acquired land as well as the southern Sectors are also being maintained. The works like plantation, patch-sowing & installation of chain link fencing etc. are being undertaken under this scheme.

3. Greening of City Beautiful

The main objective of this scheme is to raise plantation in and around city to provide pollution free environment to the people of the city beautiful.  Mixed plantations raised in southern sectors along Vikas Marg are also being maintained under this scheme. Seedlings are being supplied to the institutions/ NGO’s & public free of cost from following Nurseries :-

  • Hallomajra Nursery on Ambala –Chandigarh National Highway
  • Daria Nursery at Forest Rest House in front of Railway Station
  • Kishangarh Nursery at Kishangarh village.
  • Forest Nursery in Patiala-ki-Rao Forests (behind Panjab University)
  • Forest Nursery near Boat Club
  • Medicinal Plants Nursery at Chandigarh Botanic Garden, Sarangpur

Saplings are distributed during all working days between 9 AM to 5 PM.

Chain link fencing are being provided around forest area to avoid encroachment. The works like Biodiversity enrichment plantation in Lake Reserve Forest, Patiala-ki-Rao & Sukhna choe forests and  removal of lantana-parthenium in forest area are being undertaken. Apart from maintaining Lake reserve forest, Sukhna choe reserve forest and Patiala-ki-Rao forests, department is maintaining plantations over 100 hactares of land in southern sectors & brick kiln area.

4. Communication and Building

The main aim of the scheme is to provide easy access to forest area for the effective check on forest offences, control on Forest Fires, maintenance works and to maintain the staff quarters and Rest house/Inspection hut, jeepable roads and causeway etc.

5. Preservation of Wildlife

The main aim of this scheme is to protect, preserve and propagate the  wildlife of the area by creating & improving natural habitats and promoting water facilities by constructing water holes, provision of salt licks etc. In addition to this, the department is maintaining two animal rescue centres in Nepli and Kansal area. Animals are treated here and being released in the sanctuary area. To increase mobility of the staff and for effective implementation of the provisions of the Wildlife (Protection) Act,1972, communication network is being developed. The works like raising of water holes, suppression of lantana/ pathenium etc. are being undertaken.  Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary is free from the menace of lantana.

Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandigarh

6. Establishment of Botanical Garden

Chandigarh Administration has established a Botanical Garden near village Sarangpur, Lahora and Dhanas.  The total land acquired for the establishment of Botanical Garden is 176 acres. The works like raising & maintenance of nursery, raising of plantations (new), raising of shrubs, creation of lawns, land leveling, construction of check dams etc. has been undertaken.  The following Sections have been developed in the Botanical Garden and other features to promote eco-tourism.

    • Medicinal Plants Section
    • Bambusetum,
    • Ficus grove
    • Palmatum,
    • Pinetum,
    • Ornamental plants
    • Arboretum,
    • Sacred grove,
    • Nutrition garden,
    • Orchidarium
    • Cactus & Succulent
    • Aquatic Plant
    • Rare Plants
    • Tropical Rain forest
    • Bulbous garden & Japanese garden.

This Botanical Garden has been opened for public on 2nd January, 2007.

Guidelines for Public in case of man-animal conflict -- Helpline


Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary at a glance

State Animal, Bird, Tree and Flower of Chandigarh

Location of Forest Nurseries & Plants available

Greening Chandigarh Action Plan 2015-16

Butterflies of Chandigarh

Chandigarh Botanical Garden & Nature Park

Migratory Birds at Sukhna Lake

Medicinal Plants of Chandigarh

How to deal with Monkeys

Forest & Wildlife Acts

Tree Maladies & Remedies in UT Chandigarh

UT Chandigarh Action Plan on Climate Change

First - ever Wildlife Census conducted in Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandigarh

Application Form for Permit to visit Nepli/Kansal Forest Area