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  • Directs double shift for manual cleaning of Dal Lake

 

SRINAGAR: Governor N.N. Vohra chaired a meeting to review the ongoing Dal-Nageen Lake Conservation, Management and Rehabilitation programmes. Sh. B.B. Vyas, Advisor to Governor; Sh. BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Sh. K.B. Agarwal, Financial Commissioner, Housing and Urban Development Department; Sh. Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor; Sh. Navin Choudhary, Principal Secretary Finance; Sh. Baseer Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Sh. S.P. Pani, IGP Kashmir; Sh. A.H. Shah, VC LAWDA; Dr. A.R. Yousuf, Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee; Sh. A.M Raina, VC Srinagar Development Authority; and Sh. Fayaz Ahmed Khan, Chief Town Planner, participated in the meeting.

After reviewing the cleaning and de-weeding programmes of Dal Lake, Governor directed that the cleaning of Dal Lake must commence immediately, but no later than 25th July. VC  LAWDA was directed to: (i) formulate a concrete proposal for the effective sewage disposal of 900 House Boats; (ii) assess capacity of existing STPs against total of the existing demand and determine the number and capacity of all those who had encroached on the Lake; (iii) list all issues regarding the relocation of all those who had encroached on the Lake; list all those who have been rehabilitated and have returned to the Lake; prepare a list of all building/refer sanctions issued since 1-1-17; immediately organize satellite mapping of the entire Dal Lake area, once every month.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir was directed to initiate the identification and removal of all Dal dwellers who after receiving compensation are still living in their previous habitations. He shall also prepare a list of fresh encroachments/ Master Plan violations with in the entire Dal Lake area on urgent basis. Governor directed Sh. K. B. Agarwal, FC HUDD to implement, on time bound basis, the SAC’s decision regarding procurement and hiring of lake cleaning machinery. FC, HUDD, apprised Governor regarding the importance of construction of a Western Foreshore Road for permanent prevention of ingress and delineation of western Boundary of the Lake.

Governor asked the Chief Secretary to very early review all issues pertaining to the preservation of Dal Lake and especially examine the economic viability of the proposal for the construction of 20,000 dwelling units at Rakh-e-Arth for Dal dwellers, to be executed by the J&K Housing Board in the PPP mode.

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  • ADC Handwara seizes Stone crushers, JCBs, tractors

KUPWARA: To curb illegal mining of sandstones from Nallah Mawar, ADC, Handwara Muzaffar Ahmad Peer under the directions of DC Kupwara, Khalid Janangir today visited various spots along the river and seized stone crushers, JCBs, tractors and other heavy machinery. The machinery was found to be working during odd hours in violation of orders issued by the district administration to contain illegal extraction of sand and stones in and around the Nallah.

Residents of Batgund, ShatgudPayeen, Tulwari, Langate and Pohrupeth area of Handwara lauded the efforts of district administration for timely intervention and action against offenders for damaging the ecology of the Nallah. ADC Handwara said that the administration has initiated action under rules against illegal extractors and seized machinery on spot, deployed illegally. Meanwhile, DC Kupwara directed the concerned departments to remain vigilant, pay surprise visits and communicate on regular basis any violation of orders against illegal extraction of sand and stones from Nallah Mawer.

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SRINAGAR: Sopore police has busted a gang of forest smugglers by arresting 19 notorious accused persons involved in various forest theft cases of Police Station Sopore. These arrested smugglers were identified as Bilal Ahmad Lone, Ali Mohammad Lone, Mohammad Afzal Lone, Tariq Ahmad Rather, Riyaz Ahmad Lone, Ghulam Nabi Sheikh, Abdul Gaffar Lone, Habib-ul-lah Sheikh, Ashiq Hussain Lone, Abdul Rashid Lone, Ashaq Ahmad Lone, Manzoor Ahmad Lone, Fayaz Ahmad Lone, Firdous Ahmad Lone, Khursheed Ahmad Lone, Sajad Ahmad Lone, Bashir Ahmad, Bashir Ahmad Lone, Shazad Ahmad Lone, all residents of Rajpora Sopore, and were evading their arrests since long.

With the arrest of these smugglers as many as 12 forest theft cases will be challaned before the Court of law. The general public has hailed this police action and urged that strict action should be taken against the jungle smugglers so that no loss is inflicted to the forests (green gold) of the district.