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SRINAGAR: Poor visibility and fresh snowfall affected the air traffic at Srinagar airport on Wednesday, reports said.  Quoting an official, they said that no flight has operated from Srinagar International Airport due to and poor visibility and light snowfall. They said that air traffic will be resumed if there is improvement in the visibility. So far no flight has been cancelled, said the report. Decision to cancel the flight will be taken only in the afternoon if there is no improvement in the visibility, he said. 

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  • Reviews functioning of Forests, Wildlife Wings

 

JAMMU: Minister for Forests, Environment and Ecology, Choudhary Lal Singh today called for collective approach towards conservation and promotion of State’s green wealth. The Minister was speaking at a meeting of officers of Forests and Wildlife wings while reviewing the progress on various ongoing development works, here at Manda Amphalla today. “Jammu and Kashmir is blessed with abundant natural affluence and resources and it becomes our moral responsibility to contribute collectively towards its preservation”, the Minister maintained while emphasizing the need of raising awareness about the need and importance of saving forests for the posterity.

 

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Ravi Kesar, Chief Wildlife Warden Manoj Panth, Chief Conservator of Forests Farooq Geelani, Director Environment and Remote Sensing O P Sharma, Director SFRI B M Sharma, Regional Director Wildlife Dr. V S Sinthil Kumar besides other senior officers were present on the occasion. The Minister asked the officers to gear up their men and machinery for timely completion of the ongoing development works being executed by the Forests and Wildlife Wings. He said that Government has earmarked Rs. 62 lakh for construction of two reservoirs at Jambu Zoo with a storage capacity of 3 lakh gallon water.

 

Choudhary Lal Singh asked the Wildlife department to float the tenders for construction of water storage reservoirs, Bore well, two leopard enclosures, two tiger enclosures, two peasantry, blacktopping of 4 kilometer approach road, artificial water fall, nature interpretation centre, development of parking area, Cafetaria, view points, internal road links to Jambu Zoo etc at the earliest. He also directed them to call tenders for purchase of 6 battery cars for Jambu Zoo and 50 cycles besides 4 battery cars for Jastrota Fort.

Calling for need based development and quality works, the Minister stressed on judicious utilization of allocated funds for various developmental works. He said the officers will be made accountable for implementation of all the programs and schemes in their respective jurisdictions. Meanwhile, Lal Singh directed the officers to put in sincere efforts in developing all the established nurseries across the Jammu region by planting two crore different saplings under the plantation drive to be held in rainy season next year. Choudhary Lal Singh directed the officers to immediately start the fencing work on the forest land around the Jambu Zoo. He directed to plant saplings of fruit plants, mulberry, Sisso, Tun, Amla, Guava, Jamun and ornamental etc in and around the Zoo.

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SRINAGAR: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan today said that intending passengers are advised not to undertake journey on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway till it is cleared for traffic. “It has come to our notice that a large number of passengers are boarding the Baramulla-Srinagar-Banihal train, with the intention of travelling by road from Banihal to Jammu. Such passengers are getting stranded at Banihal, thereby causing inconvenience to them, as the National Highway is presently closed, due to snowfall,” he said. He appealed people to avoid travel towards Jammu, by road or by train, till the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway reopens.