For polluting Chenab and Tawi rivers, NGT slaps Rs 2 crore fine on HCC and Gammon India

The NGT has slapped a penalty of Rs 1 crore each on the Gammon India Limited and the Hindustan Construction Co (HCC) Ltd for damaging the environment by dumping soil in Chenab and Tawi rivers for construction on a stretch of the Udhampur-Banihal Highway in Jammu and Kashmir. A bench headed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also ordered them to furnish a performance guarantee of Rs 1 crore for improving the situation within the next three months. “The deposit of compensation be made with the…

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Unabated cold wave continues across Kashmir Valley

An unabated cold wave continues in the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday, with Ladakh plunging into a deep freeze and Kargil recording minus 14.9 degrees Celsius. The Met forecast the cold wave would continue for another week with night skies remaining clear. Leh recorded minus 6 degrees Celsius, Srinagar minus 2.8, Pahalgam minus 8.4, Gulmarg minus 4.0, Jammu city 6, Katra 7, Batote 3.3, Bannihal 0.5 and Bhaderwah 0.4.

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At -9.5 degrees Gulmarg coldest in Kashmir

Higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir received fresh snow on Thursday while the plains witnessed intermittent rain as the minimum temperature settled below the freezing point at most places in the Valley and Ladakh region. Snow has been recorded in the higher areas of the Valley like Qazigund, Kokernag, Pahalgam and Mughal Road during the night, MeT officials said. There are reports of snow in other areas in the higher reaches of the Valley and Jammu region as well, including near the Jawahar tunnel on Srinagar-Jammu highway, they said. However,…

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Despite spending crores govt fails to restore Dal’s lost glory

In less than two decades, the authorities have spent a whopping amount of money on the conservation of the Dal Lake, but the government as well as experts admit that there has been “little or no change” in the lake’s worsening situation. Experts have blamed the outdated conservation plans and the unscientific ways for the failure. Recently, the government, in its report, had informed the High Court that Rs 759 crore had been spent on the conservation of the lake since 2002. The court observed that the “lackadaisical approach on…

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Intense cold wave continues across Kashmir Valley, Fresh snowfall expected on Dec 18, 19

An intense cold wave continued on Thursday across the Ladakh region with Leh recording minus 8.6 degrees Celsius, a Met department official said. He said the minimum temperatures remained below freezing point in the Kashmir Valley. “It will be partly cloudy for the next 24 hours till Friday in the Valley,” the official said. Jammu city recorded 8.8, Katra 8, Batote 2.7, Bannihal 0.2 and Bhaderwah 0.7 as the night’s lowest temperatures. The plains and upper reaches of Kashmir may receive another spell of rain and snowfall in the third…

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Mercury plunges further, Srinagar shivers at -3.2

With the winter’s core period — famously known as ‘Chillai Kalan’ — still weeks away, the minimum temperatures across the Kashmir valley have dropped several degrees below the freezing point marking an early arrival of winter in the region. The night temperatures across the Valley, including in the summer capital, have dropped several degrees below the freezing point over the past week. The overnight temperature in the city was recorded at -3.2°C, which was two degrees below the normal, and marked a continuity of freezing night temperatures. The Valley is…

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At -2.8 degrees, Srinagar records season’s coldest night

Srinagar recorded the season’s coldest night temperature at minus 2.8 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperatures across Jammu and Kashmir continued to drop on Monday, the weather office said. “Srinagar witnessed the coldest night of the season due to the clear night sky,” an official of the Met Department said. “The minimum temperatures are likely to drop further in the coming three to four days.” The minimum temperatures in Pahalgam and Gulmarg were minus 5.2 degrees Celsius and minus 4, respectively. Leh town at a minus 10.9 degrees Celsius was…

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Intense cold wave grips Kashmir & Ladakh, Jammu experiences cold mornings, evenings

Minimum temperatures across the Kashmir Valley remained below freezing point on Thursday as intense cold wave conditions continued in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, the Met department said. Weather will remain cloudy and dry during the next seven days, it added. Leh at minus 8.1 was the coldest, followed by Kargil at minus 7.4., the Met official said. Srinagar city recorded minus 0.9, while Pahalgam and Gulmarg both recorded minus 3 degrees Celsius. Jammu was at 10.9, Katra 10.4, Batote 5.3, Bannihal 1.7 and Bhaderwah was at 4.2…

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PEC expresses concern over Junaid Mattu’s ‘Insensitive Remarks’ about wetlands

Peoples’ Environmental Council (PEC), a Srinagar based environmental watchdog, has expressed serious concern over the “insensitive” remarks expressed by the newly elected mayor of Srinagar, Junaid Mattu, about wetlands and has reminded the government of the directions issued by the high court and the new set of rules notified by Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF) vis-à-vis protection of wetlands. In a statement issued on Wednesday PEC said that its members have taken strong note of the “insensitive remarks” made by the incumbent Mayor wherein he has…

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Wetlands across Kashmir valley shrinking at alarming pace

Wetlands in Kashmir are shrinking at an alarming pace due to unplanned urbanisation, siltation and lack of conservation measures by the state government, experts have said. Wetlands act as flood absorption basins by retaining excess waters and are also referred as the Earth’s kidneys for helping absorb wastes like nitrogen and phosphorous. Citing Kashmir “geomorphic setup”, an expert said in view of its flat topography, the Valley is highly vulnerable to flooding, but most wetlands, which acted as reservoirs of floodwaters, have lost their carrying capacity due to “haphazard urbanisation…

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