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KISHTWAR:  The Management of Dulhasti Power Station of NHPC has cautioned general public of Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban districts particularly the people residing in Benzwar, Cherhar, Bhanderkoot, Hasti, Kandni, Thathri, Premnagar and Pul Doda, not to move near river Chenab on August 23rd w.e.f  00:30 Hrs to 18:30 Hrs as the gates of Dulhasti Power Station Dam shall be opened for periodical silt reservoir flushing as per the communication received from Chief Engineer (Civil) NHPC Ltd. Kishtwar.

During this period the water level may rise from 2 to 3 mtrs temporarily, therefore the public residing near River Chenab downstream areas are warned to refrain from moving themselves, their cattle, pets, vehicles near the bank of river Chenab to avoid any mishap. General public has been requested to cooperate for the safety of their lives. Anybody violating the advisory shall be doing so at his own risk and NPHC/Management of Dulhasti Power Station shall not be responsible for consequences thereof.

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  • Launches special plantation drive

JAMMU: Calling upon youth to be part of green Jammu initiative, Senior BJP Leader Yudhvir Sethi said that need of the hour is to direct youth energy into nation building and generating awareness about environment conservation issues. He called upon younger generation to desist from the growing menace of drug addiction and be part of the initiatives launched for the welfare of the society.

“Youth is future of the nation and we call upon our younger generation to be part of the Green Jammu Clean Jammu drive to make the city more clean and green,” he added. Yudhvir said this while planting trees in different areas of the city. The special plantation initiative has been started under the ‘Green Jammu Clean Jammu’ drive. Trees were planted at Centre Basic School, Purani Mandi, JDA Parking, City Chowk and Gujjar Nagar.

The drive has been jointly started by Nation’s Pride Jammu and Lions Club, Jammu Royal to make the city of temples greener and cleaner. Tawi Education, Environment and Development Society, Gujjar Nagar is supporting the drive. On the occasion, locals of the locality adopted the trees and extended full support to the cause of green Jammu.

Appreciating the support of locals, Yudhvir said that the real aim for generating awareness among masses on the issue of environment conservation can only be achieved by active participation of the people. He said the drive would work towards fulfilling the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a Swachh Bharat.

Prominent among others who were present on the occasion include,Ajay Kapoor President New Lion Club Jammu Royal, Sanjay Nagpal Secretary New Lion Club Jammu Royal, B.B. Kotwal, Shri Nek Mohd President Tawi Educational Environment & Development Society, Mohd Ismayal, Parvez Fazli, Anil Masoom, Pardeep Langeh, Dalbir, Yousaf, Mubarak Choudhary, Iqbal Choudhary, Shehzad, Nitesh Trikha, Parvesh, Bittu, Akib, Rajesh Dogra and Waseem Choudhary.

Later, Yudhvir Sethi also visited Partap Market, Chand Nagar and listened to the grievances of the business men. The main problems projected by the market association include, erratic power supply, sanitation in the area, potable water supply, upkeep and development of the market place. Yudhvir assured the business men that genuine grievances would be addressed on priority and the issues raised would be taken up with higher concerned authorities.

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  • Asks DC Srinagar, Pulwama to deploy magistrates in affected areas

SRINAGAR: A meeting regarding unauthorized extraction of sand by mechanical boats from River Jhelum was convened under the Chairmanship of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon here today. The meeting was attended by the Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Mr Javaid Mujtaba Geelani, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone, Director Industries & Commerce Kashmir, Mr. Nazim Khan, Director Geology & Mining, Chief Engineer Irrigation & Flood Control Kashmir, Mr. Javaid Jaffar, Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar, Superintending Engineer Hydraulic Pulwama, Executive Engineer Flood Control Division Kakapora, Executive Engineer Irrigation & Flood Control Division Srinagar and officers of Geology and Mining.

During the deliberation of meeting, it was pointed out by Irrigation & Flood Control department that illegal extraction of sand from River Jhelum is done by some miscreants through mechanical boats particularly in the areas like Pampore, Kakapora, Zoonipora Nowgam and Pantha Chowk which has endangered the embankments of River Jhelum.

In view of last year’s devastating floods and apprehension of future threats, the Div Com directed the line departments and stakeholder to take immediate measures to prevent such malpractices henceforth. The Div Com directed the Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar and Pulwama to take steps for deployment of Magistrates for prevention of illegal extraction of sand at these places in coordination with respective Police authorities and to lodge FIR against illegal sand extractors and to seize their mechanical boats so that such illegal activities will be prevented to safeguard the embankments of River Jhelum.

The Div Com impressed upon all the line departments to take immediate preventive measures for such illegal practices so as to protect the soil erosion, bunds and embankments of River Jhelum in future.