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ANANTNAG: Despite the J&K government banning illegal extraction of stones, boulders and sand from streams in the District, the practice is going on unabated in Larkipora bridge area of south Kashmir Anantnag district. Sources said that heavy extraction of sand and boulders is going on in Larkipora area of district Anantnag. While the Divisional Commissioner Anantnag vide order No. 10750-69/DMA Dated 28-01-16 had directed complete halt on illegal extraction of stones, boulders and sand from the streams, the directives have never been implemented, sources added. 

The practice is also going unabated in veshu stream in kulgam district Sources from kulgam District told to Kashmir scenario that heavy extraction of sand and boulders is going unabated in different area of kulgam district. A huge number of tippers and JCB dozers were also seen in different streams in area but the authorities didn’t take any action against them, sources added.

The illegal extraction of sand and boulders, according to residents, is causing damage to agricultural land as the water level in the stream is decreasing. “Some years back, there were dozens of springs and streams flowing through this area. But today the water level is decreasing even in Nalla Bringi due to illegal extraction of sand and boulders. Today we are forced to fetch water after covering a long distance,” said a delegation from larkipora area. The stream environs look like a bus stand in presence of huge number of tippers and dozers.  “We are surprised why the district administration is not looking into the issue,” they said. 

Meanwhile a resident of larkipora told to Kashmir scenario that the people made it business to extraction of boulders and sand in streams we have thousands of miles of agriculture land inside the nallas where dozens of springs and streams flowing through this area But today the water level is decreasing even in stream (Nallah) Bringi due to illegal extraction of sand and boulders. However, when KNB contact to the District Commissioner Anantnag his phone was out of reach. 

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GANDERBAL: Despite heavy snow the employees including daily wager squad of Tourism doing good job like maintenance of assets since years while in winter season hardly they clearing snow from the rooftops of the assets in Sonamarg, a tourist resort in Central Kashmir,s district. As per the sources, the employees/daily wagers of JKTDC Sonamarg doing credible job while clearing snow on the rooftop of the various assets in Sonamarg despite heavy snow in area nearly 4 to 5 feets. The daily wagers  besides the permanent employees of the department working hard to keep the assets clear and to serve the tourists in summer season while in winter the Squad doing a good job of clearing snow on the rooftops of different assets which is toughest job and most difficult in winter and in shiver cold, if they doesn't do so then it will give bad result to all assets.

 

Snow removal is performed for a number of reasons, such as to prevent overloading and collapse. Often employees climb directly onto the roofs or structures and use equipment such Snow cutters, snow blowers, ladders, etc. Other times these operations may be performed from the ground level using snow rakes. Snow removal operations are often performed under extreme weather conditions (e.g., cold, high winds, icy surfaces).  It becomes most difficult job when clearing snow in cold temperature on rooftops of all assets. Only we know what happens, despite the fact, nobody force us to doing this but we feel it is our duty, we feel proud to clear snow on Government assets and protect it from further loss,” Gh Hassan Sheikh said.

 

“We have been working in the department and it is our duty to remove snow on rooftops and prevent overloading or collapse the Government Assets, during winter cold or in dusty and hot summer, in spite of this we feel better and doing our jobs with pride ,” Ab Rashid said. "During summer we made evey arrangements for tourists amenities and luxuries while in winter times we don't bear if assets are under the heavy snow, we immediately visit at Sonamarg on foot nearly 15 Kms from Gagengeer and clear the snow on the rooftops of the assets, he said.

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BARAMULLA: At this time when whole of India is being cleaned under Swach Bharat Abhiyan, toilets are being made, new ways to recycle waste are being taught, movies like Toilet is being made, Kashmir for no reason is being neglected and Sopore being no exception. As one enters the town, garbage heaps of it can be seen greeting people everywhere be it main market Sopore or the commercial hub Iqbal market. Shopkeepers of the area allege that due to the stink coming from accumulated garbage people avoid coming to their shops.Muncipal council lifts the garbage from the whole town and dumps it near Girls and boys higher secondaries, outside Mother and child care hospital and various other palces.Due to the lack of dumping site in the town which voices state is again a political game being played with the people as they do not cast their votes.

 

“A foul smell emanates from the garbage lying in open and it has made our lives difficult”, said Mohd Ramzan a local shopkeeper. Not only the main market but the banks of river Jehlum have also been polluted by the same garbage as the garbage is dumped on the banks also. Talking to Kashmir News Bureau   over phone Executive officer Municipal council Syed Mateen said that “they have taken up this matter with District Commisner  Baramulla and they will find a new dumping site soon as this whole problem is because we don’t have a proper dumping site available ,further on the issue he said that he is making sure that the interiors of the town remain clean and tidy and their team is making every possible effort not to dump garbage in the market, and dumping garbage on the banks of Jehlum has also been stopped now”.

 

Pertinently, during summer times it becomes even more difficult to walk from the market as there are mosquitoes and some other insects that keep on lying on the garbage. Even what is more frightening is that packs of dogs roam around these heaps and people mostly children feel terrified walking on the road. Some years back a dumping site was identified at Tulibal Sopore but for unknown reasons it was shifted to Aadipora Sopore but this place is also facing opposition from the people. When contacted MLA Sopore Abdul Rashid Dar he said that “he will be taking up the matter in Assembly and hopefully this matter will be resolved in two to three months.”