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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‘Amaranth Yatra now a militarised pilgrimage’ : NGO

Restrict Yatra to its traditional period of 15 days: JKCCS Terming the Amarnath Yatra as a militarised pilgrimage, Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society Thursday alleged that Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) has been acting as ‘state’ within the state. JKCCS said that the SASB Act needs to be repealed, or amended bearing in mind secular, constitutional tenets. “The SASB which functions like a state within the state needs to be reformed such that it plays only an implementing role with final decision making reposed with the JK government. JKCCS…

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Jhelum gasps for breath as silt deposition swells

Expert says high time to increase its carrying capacity Continuous rains for few days are enough for Jhelum water to touch the danger mark as presence of silt in the river has decreased its carrying capacity, experts said on Friday, day after the J&K government declared flood in the Valley. A hydraulics expert said for the past several decades, layers of silt have deposited beneath the Jhelum water but the department of Irrigation and Flood Control has not maintained any data on this which could help in reaching at some…

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Evolve plan for restoration of Dal Lake: HC to Panel

Govt to present vision document prepared by IIT-Roorkee before committee The J&K Government has informed the High Court that a ‘vision document’ about the preservation of Dal Lake is being prepared by IIT-Roorkee, which will be put before the high-level Scientific Advisory Committee for consideration. Taking note of the vision document, the court has directed the Monitoring Committee and the Scientific Advisory Committee to evolve an action plan as to how the restoration of Dal Lake should be taken in a scientific manner. These directions have been issued by a…

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