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BARAMULLA: Calling for community oriented governance, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Dr. Asgar Samoon today stressed on revenue officers to ensure efficient service delivery to the public. Div Com issued strict directions to remove encroachments from State and Khascharai land during a review meeting of revenue department, here today.

District Development Commissioner, Baramulla Yasha Mudgal, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner, Revenue, Sub-Divisional Magistrate and Tehsildars were present in the meeting. A thorough review of functioning of revenue department in district Baramulla was taken during the meeting. Tehsildars informed the Divisional Commissioner about progress on removal of encroachments from State and Kahcharai land in the district.

During the meeting discussion was also held on four laning of Srinagar-Baramulla highway and solid waste management. A review of Gulmarg master Plan, Land settlement and electoral registration was also held.

Meanwhile, Div Com directed revenue officers to carry out eviction from State and Khascharai land in a targeted manner. He added that disaster preparedness and Girdawari preparation should also be given priority.

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KATRA: A 2-day Swachh Trikuta Parvat Abhiyaan organised by the International Volunteer Foundation (IVF), Jammu in collaboration with the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board for enlarging awareness about the conservation of environment and ecology of the Trikuta Hills commenced from today. A large number of volunteers of IVF and the students of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Kakryal and Government Higher Secondary School, Katra are participating in it. Mr. Ajeet Kumar Sahu, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion, flagged off the participants of the Swachh Trikuta Parvat Abhiyaan at a function held at Spiritual Growth Centre, Katra.

The participants of the Abhiyaan will enlarge the awareness among all the pilgrims, shopkeepers and the public at large about the crucial need for conservation of environment and ecology of the Trikuta Hills. Carrying banners and placards in their hands with slogans like ‘help us to keep Trikuta Hills clean, green and plastic free’ and ‘use dustbins’, they shall conduct a tour from Katra to the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji. Speaking on the occasion, the CEO of the Shrine Board complimented the efforts of the IVF for enlarging awareness about the cleanliness and ensuring sanitation in and around Katra and conservation of environment and ecology of Trikuta Hills.

The CEO gave details of the various initiatives taken by the Shrine Board for ensuring sanitation and cleanliness along the tracks and conservation of environment and ecology of Trikuta Hills. Referring to the measures being taken by the Board for implementing green technologies in a big way, he said that the Board has set up a mule dung based biogas plant at Banganga, which is first of its kind in the country. The use of solar energy is also being promoted by setting up solar power plants and solar water heating systems. A number of Sewage Treatment Plants have been installed for waste water treatment at various locations on the track, in the Bhawan area and at different complexes of the Board, while this facility is being further expanded. 

Similarly, rain water harvesting is being promoted in various buildings of the Board and till date this capacity has gone upto 6.50 lakh litres, while efforts are continuing to increase it further by installing similar facilities in all the complexes of the Board. He also informed that to ensure optimum cleanliness and sanitation on the track and in the Shrine area more than 700 Safai Karamcharis of the Shrine Board are working for the purpose, besides launching special sanitation drives from time to time. He stated that wire mesh fencing has been erected on more than 16 km stretch of the track so far to ensure against anyone throwing waste on the hills along the track. He also referred to the Greening Action Plan being implemented by the Board and gave details of plantations undertaken by the Forest Wing of the Board till date, future action plan and establishment of a hi-tech nursery at Kunian, near Panthal. 

Mr. Kiran Kumar Sharma, Chairman, IVF, speaking on the occasion said that this is the 4th edition of ‘Save the Trikuta Mountains Awareness Campaign Series’ organised by the IVF. He gave details of the aims and objectives of organising the awareness campaign and the organisations who are participating in this initiative. Earlier, artists of Ek Sath Rang Mandal organised a street play on the theme of sanitation on the occasion which was highly appreciated by the audience. The street play was also organized at Darshani Deodi. Among those present on the occasion were Mr. Devinder Singh Bhau, Dy. CEO, SMVDSB, other officers and staff of the Shrine Board, representatives of Taxi Operators Union, Katra and Railway Station, Jammu and participants of the awareness campaign.

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JAMMU:  Chief Secretary B R Sharma Wednesday underlined the importance of Wullar Lake in protecting Kashmir Valley from floods by acting as a huge water storage reservoir. He said the de-silting effort launched under the comprehensive Wullar conservation and management plan needs greater impetus to increase the water holding capacity of the Lake.

Chairing a review meeting of the Wullar Conservation & Management Authority (WUCMA) here, Chief Secretary said that the ongoing conservation and protection measures for eco-restoration of Wullar Lake and its feeder channels, associated wetlands and marshes should gain momentum in view of the massive floods that struck the valley in September- 2014.  He said Wullar Lake provides a natural way out for the excess or flood waters in Jhelum and it needs to be protected and conserved at all cost.

Under the 13th FC, Rs 120 cr were sanctioned for taking up conservation and protection measures in Wullar Lake, out of which Rs 60 cr were allotted. Till date, Rs 37.5 cr have been utilised for survey & demarcation, catchment conservation and water management of Wullar Lake.

While reviewing the progress of the project, Chief Secretary was informed that entire periphery of the lake has been demarcated as per authentic revenue record which indicates a lake area of 130 sq kms. As many as 1159 geo-tagged boundary pillars have been erected delineating the lake boundary from adjoining areas. Besides this, till date 9.11 lakh cum of silt has been dredged out from the lake along with removing over 26000 willow trees.

Measures to arrest soil erosion in the catchment area have been taken by erecting check dams and protection banks and planting over 3 lakh conifers in the adjoining forest area.

Chief Secretary also discussed future funding requirements of the project with directions to the Forest department to submit a proposal that would ensure uninterrupted funding to accomplish the remaining operations for conservation of Wullar Lake as per the DPR.