User Rating: 0 / 5

Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

SRINAGAR: As per the communication received from Indian Meteorological Centre (Ministry of Earth Science), Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today issued a weather advisory according to which a spell of light to moderate rain or snow will occur on mountains most likely from late tonight to forenoon of October 10th across the Jammu and Kashmir State.

“Light to moderate rain and snow on higher reaches at fairly widespread to widespread places of Kashmir, fairly widespread places of Jammu and at few places of Ladakh, mainly Kargil district during next 24 to 36 hours. There are chances of light to moderate snowfall on Zojila, Sinthan pass, Jammu-Srinagar Highway, Mughal Road and other hilly areas,” a statement of the Divisional Commissioner said.

Accordingly, Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division including Leh and Kargil have been asked to advise people not to venture in avalanche prone areas during this period. The concerned Deputy Commissioners are also asked to take all precautionary measures, so as to avert any untoward incident. The road clearance and power restoration should be the utmost priority. 

User Rating: 0 / 5

Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive
  • Asks concerned to submit weekly progress report

JAMMU: A high level inter-departmental coordination meeting of Revenue, Police, JDA and Forest officials was today convened by Principal Chief Conservator Forests (PCCF), SureshChugh here to review the progress for retrieval of encroached forest land in the winter capital. The PCCF asked the forest and Police departments to maintain the list of habitual land grabbers so that dossiers may be prepared and such encroachers may be dealt under relevant sections of PSA. Regional Wildlife Warden Tahir Shawl presented the issues pertaining to protected areas specially Gharana and Ramnagar Wildlife Sanctuary.

PCCF asked the concerned to remove forest encroachment and submit a weekly progress report. The PCCF stressed on keeping close check on the attempts of forest land encroachment in an around Jammu city. He impressed upon Revenue, Police and Forest officials to work in tandem to tackle the forest land encroachment cases in and around the city.  The Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma   assured joint enforcement to tackle the encroachment by utilizing services of Revenue/ JDA officials wherever necessary.

He asked the forest officials to share the details of vulnerable areas with Revenue and Police department so that enhanced protection and patrolling is ensured in such areas. Further Divisional Commissioner, Jammu directed for constituting Special Anti- encroachment Cell comprising DFO, Jammu, ACR Jammu SDMSouth, Joint Director Forest Protection Force, SDPO and JDA officials to monitor and report the progress in weekly interval. Regarding issues of Illicit fards/ registration in Forest land, it was decided that the revenue officials will carry out enquiry into such cases to book the offenders.

DIG Jammu Kathua Range, B S Tuti assured co-operation in containing attempts of encroachment whenever reported to the Police. He impressed upon Forest officials to use latest Google Earth Imageries and other lT software for monitoring cases on regular interval.  Earlier, CCF Jammu Sameer Bharti emphasized on the importance of demarcation /construction of Boundary Pillars for saving valuable forest land and positive reinforcement by desisting such attempts from the encroachers. Conservator of Forests, East Circle, Jammu Mohan Daas presented a detailed overviewof progress achieved so far in respect of protection of Forest areas by way of Demarcation/ fencing and sensitive / vulnerable Forestareas facingimmediate threat of encroachment and future strategy for containment in a pre-emptive manner.

Among others the meeting was attended by ADC Jammu, KantaRukwal, JD FPF, Rafi Ahmed, DFO Jammu, Sat Paul, CF West Dr. Jatinder, DFO Urban Jammu Anup Soni, Shweta Deonia DFO MFP, DFO wild life, Amit Sharma, Tehsildar JDA Vijay Kumar and senior functionaries of concerned departments. Meanwhile, the PCCF inspected the progress in Forest Diversion case in respect of Mahamaya Forest for development of Cable car Project followed by field inspection of Dwara area retrieved from the land grabbers. He also issued directions for immediate fencing of retrieved forest land on urgent basis.

User Rating: 0 / 5

Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive
  • Secretary Tourism reviews preparations, condoles Azim Tuman’s demise

SRINAGAR: Secretary Tourism Rigzin Sampheal today convened a meeting with the representatives of travel and hospitality sector here to chalk out the strategy for the successful conduct of the 3-day Kashmir Autumn Festival being held from October 25 to 27, 2018. The meeting decided that the inaugural day function and other events would be held in Srinagar followed by events at Pahalgam and Gulmarg on the next two days.

Secretary Tourism said the aim of the Festival is to offset negative perception which travelers have about Kashmir and also showcase autumn season of the State. He said the conduct of the festival would create a necessary buzz about Kashmir tourism and send a positive message across the globe that Kashmir is a tourist-friendly and safe destination. He said the department would make the festival an annual affair and keep its dates fixed in its calendar of activities so that the traveler can sync their tour itineraries with the dates of the festival in advance.

While stating that State is bestowed with natural beauty, landscape, and diverse culture, Sampheal said the Festival would provide a firsthand experience of all the tourism products of the state to the guests. During the meeting, it was decided that country’s leading travel agents and tour operators, heads of various national travel and hotel associations, MICE operators, golf promoters, celebrities from film industry especially those who have shot regularly in Kashmir, bloggers, print and electronic media both National and leading regional media houses from different states will be invited to witness diverse tourism products here.

Sightseeing to premier tourist attractions and resorts, shikara rides and houseboat cruise, Jhelum cruise, visit to historical monuments and heritage sites in the city, musical evenings, adventure and water sports activities, live exhibition of handicrafts by veteran artisans, exhibition of horticulture and other allied products, networking with the local tour operators, hoteliers and houseboats owners will be the key features of the festival.

On the occasion, Director Tourism Kashmir Tasaduq Jeelani called upon the local tour operators, hoteliers and houseboat owners to avail the opportunity of the presence of best tours operators of the country by networking with them for business opportunities. He stressed upon the travel trade bodies to give discounted packages in the autumn season to attract a good number of tourists during the festival.

He assured that the department would make foolproof arrangements and preparations for the smooth and hassle-free conduct of the festival. Deputy Director Publicity Riyaz Ahmad Shah, Deputy Director Recreation Mohammad Sarfaraz and other concerned were also present in the meeting. Earlier, the Secretary Tourism expressed grief over the demise of veteran tourism player Mohammad Azim Tuman and conveyed his sympathies with the bereaved family.