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SRINAGAR: On the intervening night of 13th and 14th of October 2018 at around 2.00 AM, Range Officer Naihari Range alongwith his team acting on a specific input seized one load carrier bearing registration No. JK019A-1861 wherein outturn of one deodar green tree illicitly felled by unknown smugglers was being loaded. The smugglers on sighting the staff escaped from the scene taking advantage of darkness leaving behind vehicle loaded with two logs = 24 Cft and remaining stuff (07 logs= 65 Cft) scattered on ground.

The vehicle was seized and then brought to seizure depot at Trehgam (Naihari Range office Hqs) under cover of Form-25 No.0084739 dated: -14-10-2018. A forest damage / case has been registered in Range office Naihari Range and further investigations have been taken up to trace the damage doers. The confiscation proceedings have been initiated by the authorized officer (DFO Kehmil).

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  • VC LAWDA discusses details with suppliers

SRINAGAR: On the directions of the High Court, the Lakes & Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) has initiated the process of installation of biodigesters in houseboats in the Dal lake. Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, who is also the Vice Chairman of LAWDA, Saturday convened a pre-bidding meeting with manufacturers and suppliers from different parts of India, discussing the installation of biodigesters in houseboats in the Dal lake.

 He asked the suppliers to install their biodigesters in the Dal on trial, emphasising the importance of picking the right kind of biodigester to ensure desired results.  It was said that climatic conditions as found in Kashmir might require specific adjustments in biodigesters and that installation of trial biodigesters will help in going for the right kind.  Dr Shah said that installing biodigesters in houseboats in the Dal lake is of crucial importance and that as the VC of the LAWDA he would ensure that this among other important requirements is met in earnest.

 Biodigester is a decomposition mechanised toilet system which decomposes human excretory waste in the digester tank using specific high-graded bacteria further converting it into methane and water, discharged further to the desired surface. It is a total maintenance-free system which does not require any sewage system.  Seniors officers of LAWDA were also present in the meeting.

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  • Plantation, demarcation, anti-encroachment drive reviewed

ANANTNAG: The Deputy Commissioner Anantnag Mohammad Younis Malik chaired a meeting of the officers of Forest, Ecology & Environment, Revenue, Wildlife and Pollution Control Board Anantnag, today, in order to discuss the issues regarding plantation, demarcation and anti – encroachment drive of forests. Threadbare discussions with regard to afforestation, deforestation, demarcation, fencing of forest land, forest fires and Brick-kiln pollution were held in the meeting.

The DC Anantnag instructed the concerned officers to visit, identify and demarcate the vulnerable forest areas for anticipation and quick rehabilitation, and share the details with the office. He also directed for taking legal actions against the illegal Brick-kilns operating in the district. He stressed upon the officers to work in close coordination with each other for better results on ground.

Among others the meeting was attended by ADC Anantnag, SDMs of Bijbehara, Kokernag, Dooru, Regional Wildlife Warden South Circle Anantnag, DFOs of Anantnag, Lidder Division Bijbehara, Social Forestry Division Anantnag, Soil Conservation Anantnag, District Officer Pollution Control Board Anantnag and Tehsildars of Shangus, Mattan and Anantnag.