Chalk out ways to check Dal Lake pollution: High Court

Pointing out that nitrates, phosphates and other nutrients were present beyond the permissible limits in the Dal Lake, the High Court today directed the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority to check the sources of these pollutants rather than focusing on weed-cutting. A division bench of the court headed by the Chief Justice also observed that the pH value of the lake water was high which meant that the water was alkaline in nature. “You have to apply your mind on how it can be controlled. These (nutrients and pH) increase…

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Govt in slumber to prevent 2014-like floods: High Court

Observing that nothing has improved on ground, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has pulled up the state government for being in slumber to avoid 2014-flood like situation. Hearing a Public Interest Litigation seeking preservation of water bodies in Kashmir, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmad and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey observed that government’s inefficiency and negligence led to floods in 2014 causing huge havoc by taking many lives and washing away properties. “But you are still in deep slumber as nothing has improved on ground level.…

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Admit Dal area has shrunk: High Court to Lake Authority

Asks it not to hoodwink people; rejects old maps presented by officials Rejecting the maps of Dal Lake, which were presented to it by an official of the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA), the High Court today told the lake authority that it should not hoodwink the public and admit shrinkage of the lake area due to encroachments and pollutants. These observations were made by a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, which is hearing a PIL about the lake conservation. The…

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Jhelum Dredging: All eyes on Govt as private firm misses another deadline

A Kolkata based dredging firm has again disappointed public and government by failing to meet the target of Jhelum de-silting after its contract was extended in January this year. The dredger installed near Zero Bridge here remained dysfunctional in the month of April while locals and eyewitnesses said that no effort was made by the company to compensate the already lost time. The contract for dredging of river Jhelum in Srinagar ended in January 2017. At the time the firm had dredged out only around one lakh cubic meters against…

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Rains lash Kashmir, bring respite to Jammu

Intermittent rains lashed Kashmir on Tuesday even as weatherman predicted more precipitation in next 24 hours. The intermittent rains started in Kashmir on Tuesday afternoon and continued till evening. MET officials said Srinagar recorded 1.0 mm , Qazigund 2.4 mm, Pahalgam 14.2 mm, Kupwara 0.6mm, Kokernag 29.2mm and Gulmarg 6.6mm of rainfall. Pertinently, weather turned pleasant due to rain on Monday afternoon much to the delight of the people in Kashmir. MET officials said that the night temperature surged and settled at 7.3 degree, against seven degree recorded yesterday. The…

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High Court directs LAWDA to act promptly against encroachments in Dal Lake

Observing that it shall have to dispel impression that it is not a party to the encroachments, Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday asked Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) to act dedicatedly against encroachments in and around Dal Lake here to save the water body for posterity. “By dedicated activities and action with commitment, they shall have to dispel impression among the masses that they are not party to the encroachments,” a division bench of Justices Muhammad Yaqoob Mir and Dhiraj Singh Thakur said. The bench which was…

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Authorities restart axing Chinars for grade separator

11 more Chinars to be felled between MA Road- Radio Kashmir stretch Throwing environmental norms to wind, authorities have once again started axing Chinars between Radio Kashmir junction and MA Road for constructing the grade separator on this stretch. Pertinently, axing Chinars to pave way for the grade separator earlier this year was stopped following massive public outcry. Authorities had planned to axe 11 Chinars on the stretch out which seven were felled earlier in January while rest are being axed now. The felling of Chinars has been entrusted to…

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Frequent Rains, Rising Temperature, Fast Snowmelt up adds to flood threat in Valley

The Valley is facing an imminent flood threat as the snow on mountains is melting fast due to the rising temperature and the water bodies are flowing at higher than normal level for the past few weeks. The Jhelum has been flowing near the danger mark, ranging from 13 to 19 feet in Srinagar, since the first week of April. Following the devastating floods of 2014, even moderate rain leads to a flood-like situation in the Valley as the government has failed to clean the Jhelum of silt. The rain…

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Despite Jhelum posing flood threat, dredging deadlines still not met

With only 1.20 lakh cubic feet dredging having been done in the Jhelum so far against the targeted 17 lakh cubic feet, the river can again cause the havoc that it did in September 2014. The dredging of the river, which had overflown and breached its banks on the night of September 6 and 7, 2014, drowning almost half of the summer capital, should have been completed by December 2015. The Centre had released the funds for the purpose but the political and administrative lethargy combined with corruption at high…

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Amarnath Yatra being used to facilitate Hindu agenda, change demography of JK: Study

Pilgrimage should be restricted to 15 days There should be limit on pilgrims SASB is state within State A study on Amarnath Yatra by a Bangalore-based NGO and J&K Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) has highlighted the nexus between the corporate houses of India, right wing Hindu groups and the Government of India (GoI) through Shri Amarnath Yatra Shrine Board (SASB) to facilitate the Hindu agenda and change demography of Jammu and Kashmir under the garb of faith. The report, ‘Amarnath Yatra: a Militarized Pilgrimage’ compiled by ‘Equations’ – a…

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