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SRINAGAR: The 4th Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting of J&K lakes and water ways development authority on preservation of Dal-Nigeen lake concluded today at SKICC. The committee comprised renowned scientists and experts in the fields of ecology, environmental sciences, plant pathology, hydrology and botanical sciences from across the country. Threadbare issues were held on various issues faced by the lake ecology and concrete measures were suggested for arresting further deterioration of lake water and its eco system.

 

The important decisions taken in the meeting include augmentation of existing artificial wet lands, retention ponds and reinforcement of read belts situated on NFR and peripheries of the lake. The committee also discussed the issue of incorporating of SAC suggestions in the vision document of the lake prepared by IIT Rorkee, feasibility of western foreshore road (WFR), interpretation of water quality analysis data prepared by R&M wing of JKLDA, status paper on azola crestata, autumn de-weeding strategies and removal of lily patches from the Dal water.

 

The committee directed J&K LDA to carry out an impact analysis of proposed four laning of Boulevard, (elevated express way)), and WFR on the fragile lake ecology which is already facing the worst kind of anthropogenic pressures. The VC JK LDA highlighted the issues faced by the authority and requested SAC members to suggest measures for effective weed management and lily infestation controlled policies.

 

 

The chairman SAC while concluding the day long proceedings emphasized the need of cross checking of limnilogical data prepared by LDA scientists and stressed that before making any experimentation at the larger scale, the impact of any such intervention on the aquatic life and lake eco system should be taken into account since there are inalienable social and cultural sensitiveness associated with this world famous water body.

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SRINAGAR: As part of the wildlife week celebrations, a State-Level Seminar was organized by the Department of Environment and Water Management & P.G. Department of Environmental Science, S.P. College Srinagar. The seminar started with a backdrop address by Dr. Humaira Qadri followed by the welcome address of Prof. (Dr.) Parveen Pandit, Principal of the college, who stressed on the sensitization of the society towards wildlife conservation. An opening keynote address was presented by Prof. (Dr.) G. A. Bhat.        

 

Students, academicians and researchers from different colleges of the state participated in the seminar and presented their views on the theme “Humans and Wildlife”. Presentations of the participants were adjudged by a jury of four members including Prof (Dr) G A Bhat, Prof. Mei’raj-ud-din Sheikh, Prof Zahida Naseem and Prof Gurmeet Kour. Among the participants Nibras of IASE, Srinagar and Nabahat Wani of S.P. College, Srinagar obtained the first and second positions respectively while the third position was shared by Zarnigah of SP College Srinagar and Rabia Shafi of AAA Memorial College Bemina. All other participants were given consolation prizes. Dr Suhaib A Bandh (Organizing Secretary) presented the seminar report and vote of thanks.  Prof. Mei’raj-ud-din Sheikh presented the closing remarks and Dr. Qazi Ashiq Hussain acted as the rapporteur of the seminar proceedings. 

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SRINAGAR: A meeting of the Committee on Environment of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council was held here today under the Chairmanship of MLC, Ali Mohammad Dar to discuss the environmental issues pertaining to the Pollution Control Board, Transport, Traffic, Health, Industries, Irrigation, Local Bodies and FCS&CA departments in the State. Legislators, Qaiser Jamsheed Lone, Girdhari Lal Raina and Pardeep Sharma attended the meeting and gave their valuable suggestions for safeguarding the environment of the state and urged for launching vigorous campaign to safeguard the water bodies.

 

The Committee discussed the present status of the measures initiated by the concerned departments to diffuse the High Traffic density in the state especially in capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar to abate the Automobile Exhaust Emission, a major threat to the Environment. The Committee opined that there was a need to evolve an effective mechanism to monitor and minimize the hazardous effects of Traffic congestions besides proper monitoring the old vehicles so that the pollution can be minimized. The Committee stressed for proper implementation of directions and suggestions given by the members of the Committee. Among others, Special Secretary, Legislative Council, Mohd Ashraf Wani and senior officers/officials of Council Secretariat attended the meeting.