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SRINAGAR: Continuing the anti-encroachment drive in and around the Dal Lake, the Enforcement wing of Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) today removed several illegal structures inside the lake. The anti-encroachment drive was led by Dy SP Suhail Reshi, who is also the Enforcement Officer at LAWDA.

Reshi said LAWDA has launched a sustained anti-encroachment drive in and around the Dal Lake to save this heritage site from further destruction. He said the anti-encroachment drive would continue and no fresh illegal constructions would be allowed in the non-permissible areas in and around the lake. Reshi said the fresh anti-encroachment drive is being carried out in pursuance to the directions of the High Court.

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  • Bali for collective efforts to protect JK’s natural resources

JAMMU: The World Environment Week-2015 celebrations which began on June 5 across the State, concluded with an impressive awareness programme held here today at the Forest Information Center at Bikram Chowk. The Minister for Forests, Environment & Ecology, Bali Bhagat   presided over the awareness event. Director Environment, Ecology & Remote Sensing, Suresh Chugh, Conservator of Forests, Mr. B.M. Sharma, DFO, Jammu, Mr. V.S. Senthil, several officers of different wings of Forest Department, environmentalists, educationists, teachers and students of different schools were also present on the occasion. 

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that conservation of environment and natural resources is a great challenge for every nation and needs a collective approach. He said efforts at the Government level are not sufficient and every individual has to contribute in this noble cause. Expressing concern over the constant degradation of environment and depleting natural resources in the State, Mr. Bali said the State Government has already launched a vigorous awareness and anti-encroachment campaign across the state.

“With the result, the Department has successfully retrieved over 3100 kanals of encroached forest land from the possession of illegal occupants,” he added. He said the drive is aimed at saving the precious green wealth, which he said has been grabbed by people across the State. He sought people’s cooperation in the campaign started to restore and conserve the rich natural resources.

Appreciating the efforts of the Department of Environment towards the conservation of environment and state’s diverse ecology, the Minister called for launching a massive campaign with the active involvement of educational institutions, NGOs and experts to spread awareness about the practices in day to day life which lead to pollution and degradation of environment.  He said there is a need to sensitize the people about their duty towards conservation of the natural resources. He stressed the need for organizing frequent informative workshops/seminars across the State on the subject to generate awareness among the masses. He said students can be the best ambassadors for disseminating the message of healthy environment and importance of planting more and more trees. “For this we need to focus and encourage environmental conservation activities in the educational institutions”, said the Minister.

The Director Environment, Ecology & Remote Sensing gave details about the weeklong activities held across the State in connection with the world environment week. On the occasion, a painting/slogan writing competition on the theme of preservation of forests, environment and water bodies was also organized by the Department. Scores of students drawn from various schools participated in the competition.

The students also highlighted the importance of healthy environment and ecology through cultural items and skits presented on the occasion. These were highly appreciated by the audience. Later the Minister gave away prizes to the participating students who excelled in the competitions.

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  • Ministers visit flood-affected areas in Bemina, Shariefabad, Narbal, Mirgund 

SRINAGAR: The Minister for Public Health Engineering, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sukhnandan Kumar Choudhary today ordered immediate de-silting of Flood Spill Channel to avert any future flood threat to Srinagar and its adjoining areas. The de-silting of Flood Spill Channel is being carried out by the Irrigation and Flood Control Department in a phased manner and in the first phase dredging would start on 7 Km patch from Bemina Bund to Narbal.

Sukhnandan was accompanied by Minister for Information Technology, Technical Education and Youth Services and Sports, Moulvi Imran Raza Ansari. While inspecting Bemina Bund, Imam Hussain (RA) Hospital, Hamdania Colony, Hajj House, JVC Hospital, Shariefabad, Narbal and Mirgund, the Ministers directed the concerned authorities to complete the work within one month so that vast area of the Srinagar city is saved from threat of future floods.

During the visit to Imam Hussain (RA) Hospital, the Ministers instructed the authorities of Irrigation and Flood Control Department to prepare a DPR for construction of protection wall and filling of the ground of hospital so that necessary funds are arranged for the purpose.

At Hajj House, the Ministers inspected earth filling work of Bund which was damaged due to September 2014 floods. They were informed that one and half kilometre has been completed so far while as the filling work on another part is in progress. They also instructed for removal of encroachments on the banks of flood channel.

The Ministers visited breach site of Flood Channel at Shariefabad also. They instructed the authorities to float tenders for construction of bridge for which a proposal for an amount of Rs 20.00 crore has already been submitted to the government for providing funds.

The Ministers visited Flood Channel at Mirgund Bund also and instructed the authorities to prepare the estimates for desilting of the patch. The Ministers were apprised that the breaches occurred to the bund during floods were filled up. Secretary, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Parvaiz Malik, Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control Javid Jaffar and other officers of Engineering wings accompanied the Ministers during the visit.