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SRINAGAR: An awareness camp was organized by J&K Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) on solid waste management in Dal Lake catchment at Maloori Nallah today. The awareness programme was attended by Vice Chairman LAWDA, officers and officials of the authority, schools children, teachers, locals and a volunteer from California.

 

The VC LAWDA highlighted the importance of solid waste management for the conservation of Dal/Nigeen lake. On the occasion, the Project Officer of the authority also highlighted the impacts of solid waste on human health as well as on environment. The VC LAWDA directed the project officer to continue the drive so that the important nallahs of the Dal/Nigeen lake which are the main source of the water to the lake will be cleared.

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  • Drive to be launched against timber smugglers

 

SRINAGAR: Renewing Government’s resolve to ensure zero encroachment of forest land in the State, Minister for Forest, Ecology & Environment, Bali Bhagat has called upon the officers to step up efforts to retrieve the encroached land. While reviewing the functioning of the Forest Department at a meeting held here today under his chairmanship, the Minister stressed the need for a well-knit strategy to retrieve the land and to accomplish the targets in a time-bound manner. He called for division-wise categorization of areas for executing the operations under the supervision of senior officers and asked the officers that the vacated land must be demarcated and fenced properly to minimize the chances of future encroachment of forest wealth.

 

Minister of State for Forests, Mr. Abdul Majid Padder was also present in the meeting. Appreciating the performance on the issue during the past two months, the Minister said that efforts of the officers are bearing fruit and tempo must go on with the same momentum. Similarly, the crackdown on the timber smugglers also needs to be continued with same vigor to create a deterrent among the culprits, he added.

 

He said that present Government was committed to ensure an era of good governance, accountability and transparency and every step required to maintain these will be taken. He said there is no place for the elements who want to harm the State wealth in whatever manner and Government will deal with such elements with heavy hand.

 

While taking a detailed review of various decisions taken in previous meetings, Mr. Bhagat stressed the need for a time-bound action on all the decisions with a coordinated approach by all wings of the department. He directed the members of the Committees constituted to suggest ways and means for re-organization of the Department, revival of SFC and promoting the forest based industry to expedite the process and submit their reports within a month’s time. He also directed for expediting the process of introducing the e-governance in the two capital cities viz; Jammu, Srinagar and urban local bodies to ensure complete transparency in the on-line timber sale.

 

Mr. Padder stressed the need for further streamlining the process of timber sale so that the needy get the timber without any difficulty. He also called for coordinated approach between different wings of the Department to achieve the common goals. Earlier, Chief Conservator of Forest, Kashmir, Mr. Nisar Ahmed Darzi gave a power point presentation on the activities of the Forest Department in Kashmir Division and steps taken to further improve its functioning.

 

Principal Secretary Forest, Mr. R.K. Gupta, Principal Chief Conservative of Forest, Mr. A.K. Singh, Chairman, J&K Pollution Control Board, Mr. Abdul Razzak, Chief Wildlife Warden, Mr. Deepak Khanna, Director, SFRI, Mr. U. Pachnanda, Director State Forest Protection Force, Mr. Suresh Gupta, Managing Director SFC, Mr. Arun Tikoo, Director Soil Conservation, Mr. Ravi Kesar and other senior officers of the Forest Department were also present in the meeting.

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  • 30 illegal constructions removed around Dal Lake

 

SRINAGAR: Continuing its demolition drive against encroachments, the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) in coordination with Muslim Waqf Board, Hazratbal carried out a successful encroachment removal drive in Hazratbal area today.   During the drive, 30 illegal kiosks/constructions were demolished near Asar-e-Sharief, Hazratbal by the Enforcement Wing of the authority.

 

Further, the Enforcement Wing in the intervening night of May 01, 2015 seized 06 tippers carrying construction material within the jurisdiction of the authority and FIR was lodged against the drivers/tipper owners in Police Station Ram Munshi Bagh. The authority of LAWDA the general public is asked not to undertake any kind of construction within 200 metres from the lake/green belts. Illegal construction if undertaken be demolished by the defaulter at his own level or else the authority will be left with no option but to demolish the illegal structures so raised.