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UDHAMPUR: As a part of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ Army has taken initiative to conduct cleanliness drive for healthy and clean environment. The Army therefore organised a ‘Cleanliness Drive’ at Dharmari, Reasi. The villagers were educated about the benefits of cleanliness, prevention of various communicable diseases and the threat of deadly epidemics due to unhealthy and unhygienic environment. People were encouraged to maintain cleanliness and hygiene in their houses and surrounding areas. Villagers took a vow to throw garbage at nominated places only and keep their area clean. A total of 20 locals participated in the event. The Sarpanch and Village elders expressed their gratitude towards the Army for undertaking this noble drive. They urged the locals to contribute towards the national mission of ‘Swachh Bharat’.

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JAMMU: The Governor’s Administration today accorded sanction to the constitution of River Rejuvenation Committee for formulation/execution of Action Plan for the revival of polluted rivers, stretches. According to the order issued by General Administration Department, Administrative Secretary, Forest, Environment & Ecology Department has been appointed as the Chairman of the Committee, while Director Environment Ecology and Remote Sensing J&K, Member Secretary State Pollution Control Board J&K, Director Industries Jammu and Director Urban Local Bodies Kashmir will act as its Members.

The terms of reference of the committee shall be to Prepare Action plan within two months for bringing all the polluted river stretches to be fit at least for bathing purpose (i.e. BOD within six months from the date of finalization of Action Plan. The committee shall also monitor the execution of the Action Plan. The Committee shall be serviced by the Forest, Environment & Ecology Department, reads the order. The panel has been constituted in light of the directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) regarding rejuvenation of polluted River Stretches.

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SRINAGAR: Srinagar district administration Friday demolished an illegal structure on State land here at Pantha Chowk on National Highway. The team involved in the demolition comprised officials from the Revenue and R&B departments assisted by officials from the Police. An FIR under number 89/18 dated 14-12-2018 was also registered at Police Station Pantha Chowk against the violator under section 447A of RPC in the matter.

The SHO concerned has been authorised to keep close watch and ward over the land in question and lodge the violators in jail in case of any further violations in the case. The administration has warned the general public against such violations and said that illegal encroachments on the State land anywhere in the district will be dealt sternly under relevant sections of the law.