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  • Lays foundation stone for Rs 27 lakh toilet complexes


BASHOLI: Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment Choudhary Lal Singh today informed that Government has earmarked Rs. 4.5 crore for creating tourism infrastructure in Basholi constituency. “Basholi has the potential and scope of attracting tourists and the government is working hard to optimally tap this opportunity to bring this area in the most liked tourist destinations of the state”, the Minister asserted. He said that with the increase of tourist inflow here, the art of Basohli paintings and Pashmina will also get new lease of life and create employment opportunities for the local stakeholders.


The Minister said this while addressing one day awareness-cum demonstration camp on Solid Liquid Waste Resource management  held at Ramlila ground in  Basholi, here today. Choudhary Lal Singh said that Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) will also explore possibilities of operating water transport facilities in the lake which are not only affordable but also less time consuming, added Forest Minister.


For improving power scenario in Basholi , Choudhary Lal Singh said that Government has identified 7500 kanal land in the area for establishing solar light plant which will generate 200 MW solar light for the people of the constituency.  He informed that State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has prepared a detailed project report of Rs. 3.5 crore for construction of SPCB office in Basholi.    

He said that efforts are afoot to develop eco-tourism infrastructure around the Ranjit Sagar Lake to make it a major tourist destination of the state. “As a step forward towards these efforts the Forest Department is going to launch steamer service in the lake for which four steamers will be pressed into service under its eco-tourism initiative soon”, the Minister announced.


For providing healthy and pollution free environment to people of the Basholi constituency, the Minister said that Government has earmarked Rs 1 crore for proper disposal of Solid and Liquid Waste in Basohli Town. He said that under the project, Government has sanctioned two dustbins for each household for segregated collection of bio and solid waste. He said two auto rickshaws with trolley have been put in service for door to door waste lifting and dumping at the identified place.

Choudhary Lal Singh asked the concerned department to educate the people of the town about proper disposal of Solid and Liquid Waste by holding awareness camps. He asked the officers to immediately complete tender and other codal formalities for early start of the project in the town. He asked the Experts of Solid and Liquid Waste Management to take immediate action to ensure proper sanitation and collection of garbage from narrow streets of the town. He appealed the people to help the Government in making  Basholi town a pollution  free area.

Highlighting steps being taken up to increase tourist influx to Jasrota fort, the Minister informed that two ponds in the vicinity of Jasrota Wildlife Sanctuary constructed during the reign of Jasrota Empire will be revived at an estimated cost of Rs 2 crore and the work on revival of the pristine glory of the Jasrota Fort is under progress. He said the facility of battery car will also be started soon for the convenience of visiting tourists. 

Choudhary Lal Singh said that Government has released Rs. 50 lakh for establishment of Reporting Centre and Watch Tower of Forest Protection Force at Panagar, adding that the projects are under progress and would be completed within stipulated time frame. While listing tourism infrastructure facilities being developed around Ranjit Sagar, the Minister informed that a five kilometer path will be developed along the lake having resting benches, view platforms. Earlier, the Minister laid foundation stone for two toilet complexes at Basholi, to be constructed by Municipal Committee Basholi with an estimated cost of Rs. 27 lakh within one month.



Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Ravi Kesar, Chairman State Pollution Control Board B Siddhartha, Chief Wildlife Warden Manoj Panth, Director Social Forestry Ashwani Gupta, Director SFRI, B M Sharma, Director Soil Water and Conservation Javed Iqbal Punju, Director Environment and Remote Sensing O P Sharma, Chief Conservator of Forests Farooq Gillani, Managing Director State Forest Corporation, Suresh Gupta, Additional Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Gupta, Assistant Commissioner Development Rajiv Khajuria, Expert Soild, Liquid Waste Management  Zaffar Iqbal besides other senior officers of Forests, RDD, R&B, PDD and Tourism departments were present on the occasion.

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  • Asks Forest Guards to serve with added efficiency, expertise


JAMMU: Minister for Forests, Environment and Ecology, Choudhary Lal Singh exhorted upon the Forest Guards undergoing training at Forest Guard Training School, Doomi in Akhnoor to discharge their duties with utmost honesty and dedication. The Minister was speaking at the passing out parade of Forest Guards trainees here today. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Ravi Kesar, Chairman SPCB B Sidhartha, Chief Wildlife Warden Manoj Panth, Additional PCCF  Central P K Singh, Director Soil Water and Conservation Javed Iqbal Punju, Chief Conservator of Forests Farooq Gillani, Director Social Forestry Ashwani Kumar Gupta, Managing Director SFC Suresh Gupta, Director SFRI B M Sharma, Regional Director Social Forestry Roop Kour Avtar, Conservator Working Plan Naveen Shah, Principal Forest Guard Training School Zahid Mughal besides other senior officers of Forest and allied wings were present on the occasion.


The Minister congratulated the pass outs of 50th and 51st batch of Jammu region who completed their training of six months and hoped that they will optimally utilize the knowledge and skill gained during their training and will perform with added efficiency. He asked them to imbibe professional ethics which will serve as a guide for them to perform their duties efficiently and effectively. He asked the trainees to uphold the sanctity of their profession and work as a team.

The Minister stressed upon the trainees to contribute their best in further streamlining the working of forest organization. He said that forest schools and institutions are the backbone of forest department and government is keen to upgrade existing infrastructure in these institutes. The Minister directed the school authorities to maintain strict discipline in the school and make physical training a regular feature to further enhance the physical endurance of the trainees which will help them in performing their duties effectively. He also directed them to provide healthy diet to the trainees during their stay in the school.


Choudhary Lal Singh today said forest guards are the saviors of green gold, adding that, the refined workforce on ground would help in giving better services to the State. You should have a will to serve the State and nation in a better and professional way,” he added. He further said the ground force, if trained and taught well, would give better results for the holistic development of the State. He also praised the efforts of Forest Training Schools in imparting quality training to the forest officials in the State.


Earlier, the Minister inaugurated R P Singh Rosary at Forest Guard Training School, Doomi and also planted saplings in the school premises like golden cupressous, fruit, palm, silver oak, alstonia trees. Later, the Minister distributed certificates and mementos among the passed-out trainees. In 50th batch among the Forest Guards Devinder Kumar of Bhaderwah Forest division stood Ist, Anil Kumar Sharma of Billawar Forest division and Adil Abbas Butt of Kishtwar Forest division stood 2nd and 3rd respectively. In 51st batch among the Forest Guards Bhadur Singh of Ramban Forest division stood Ist, Mubashar Rashid Khateeb of Kishtwar Forest division and Shahbaz Ahmed of Basholi Forest division stood 2nd and 3rd respectively.

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SRINAGAR: Once the beauty of state’s summer capital Srinagar, the Anchar Lake is a picture perfect example of how a world famous water body due to  inefficient governance gets destroyed. Anchar Lake once renowned lake is located in Soura area of Srinagar city at a distance of 10 kilometers from Srinagar city centre. Some decades back andhar used to be famous tourism and  fishing spot. This lake has been the worst hit by growing human encroachments and also official apathy to a large extent as a result it is now more a cesspool.


Noor Muhammad , a local resident states – “Anchar Lake is in very bad condition as  the lake  now has been reduced to marshy land and most of it stands encroached. On the otherhand, the menace of pollution and the discharge of untreated effluents besides encroachments have contaminated the lake. The rich and diverse flora and fauna that once grew in the Anchar Lake is extinct and the lake is  now infested with weeds. The water here has contaminated due to direct dumping of sewage and waste material in the lake from human settlements. It is high time that authorities save Anchar Lake from catastrophe.”

It is painful to note Hardly any flora and fauna now thrives on this lake and this is quiet a sickening development for the people of Kashmir as the loss of this valuable water body means a national loss. At the macroscopic paradigm, the wretched condition of Anchar lake clearly points out towards the dying condition of water bodies in the valley of Kashmir and calls for a vibrant action from the stakeholders to save this lake and other water bodies from doom and gloom of destruction.