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SRINAGAR: As a precursor to the World Environment Day on June 05, the Department of Ecology Environment & Remote Sensing today organized Green March from Zabarwan Park to Oberoi crossing here. The march was flagged off by Principal Chief Conservator Forests, M M Pant. Director Ecology Environment & Remote Sensing O.P Sharma, Chief Conservator Forests Kashmir F.A Jeelani, besides several other officers from Forest, Ecology and Environment departments were present on the occasion.

 

The Green March was organized with the purpose to sensitize general public especially the student community to protect the state’s fragile environment. On the occasion, speakers highlighted the importance of celebrating the event to raise awareness among the masses regarding the need for minimizing the use of plastic in the day to day life. Chairman NPWWF and NGO, Nazir Benazir administered a pledge to the students carrying the message to come together and combat plastic pollution to preserve state’s ecology and environment. Besides leading NGO’s A2B2 care foundation, nearly 25 schools from district Budgam, Pulwama and Srinagar including Kashmir Public School, Harwan participated in the awareness campaign.

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SRINAGAR: Enforcement Wing of Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) today carried a special drive to demolish illegally raised structures at various places in Bemina locality. The demolition drive was successfully executed in coordination with SDPO West and SHO Bemina. The SDA has informed the people living in its jurisdiction not to indulge in any illegal construction. The illegal plot holders are informed to restore the vacate the strips of land under their possession within a period of one-week failing which necessary action under the law will be taken against them.

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GANDERBAL: Secretary Tourism Department, Rigzian Sampheal today conducted a tour of Sonamarg wherein he reviewed various facilities put in place for tourists and locals. The Secretary visited Zero Point and Baltal Base camp to inquire about the ground facilities. The Chief Executive Officer SDA apprised the Secretary about the facilities being provided by the SDA to Amarnath Yatries which include sanitation from Ranga mode to Baltal base camp and establishment of toilets and shelter sheds for yatries.

 

During the visit, he also interacted with tourists and enquired about their journey in Jammu and Kashmir. The Secretary had a meeting with hotelier association, shopkeepers’ association, Transport association and other stakeholders wherein he urged them to work in a cooperative mode with the department for the promotion of tourism in Sonamarg.