Take up procurement of machinery for deweeding in Cabinet: HC to Govt

The High Court has directed the government to re-submit the proposal for procurement of machinery for de-weeding Dal lake here to the state cabinet. “Memorandum of submission approved by the competent authority and already placed before the cabinet shall be re-submitted by the competent authority so that appropriate decision in-keeping with the requirements is taken,” a bench of Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir and Ali Muhammad Magrey said. Hearing a Public Interest Litigation on conservation of Dal lake, the court held that keeping in view the timeline for procurement and utilization…

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Tourism properties, resorts ‘No-polythene zones’: Director Tourism Mehmood Shah

Use of polythene and disposable plastic at tourist destinations and properties in Jammu and Kashmir can now lead to cancellation of a violating operator’s license. A ban ordered by the government (No PLN/171/DTK/2660-69) directs tourism operators and stakeholders to stop use of non-biodegradable plastic in their properties failing which certificates of registration issued to them by the tourism department would be cancelled. “It shall be the duty of hotel keeper, houseboat owners, travel agents, shikara walas and tourist unit holders to ensure that polythene and disposable plastic is not allowed…

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Rains lash Valley, Fresh snow in Gulmarg, higher reaches

Gulmarg and other areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir received fresh snow on Friday, while the plains in the valley, including the summer capital Srinagar, were lashed by rain. Fresh snow has been recorded in Gulmarg–the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, an official of the Meteorological Department here said. He said there are reports of snow in other areas in the higher reaches of the valley, including in Zojila Pass, near Amarnath Cave and Drass. The plain areas in the valley were lashed by rain which has…

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Rain lashes valley for third day, snowfall in Sonamarg

Intermittent rainfall continued in the city here and in other districts of the Kashmir valley for the third consecutive day on Tuesday while Sonamarg resort received fresh snowfall. The downpour, which began on Sunday, has continued intermittently across the Valley and significantly brought down the soaring mercury which was causing the day temperature to rise by nearly eight to 10 degrees above normal. Srinagar received 29.5 mm rainfall during the first two days, and the downpour continued for the third day. Fresh snowfall draped central Kashmir’s Sonamarg resort, a meadow…

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Rains lash Valley, MeT predicts more rains in next 3 days

Rains lashed Kashmir Sunday bringing down the maximum temperature across the Valley with the MeT office forecasting the wet spell to continue over the few next days. Most parts of Kashmir, including summer capital Srinagar, received rains today, an official of the meteorological office here said. He said the downpour brought down the maximum temperature by several degrees across Kashmir. Kupwara recorded a maximum temperature of 16.4 degrees Celsius against yesterday’s 25.6 degrees Celsius, the official said. He said Srinagar recorded a high of 20 degrees Celsius, compared to 26…

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Massive forest fires in four districts of J&K

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said officers and fire department are on the job to control forest fires Forest fires have engulfed large tracts in Bandipore, Kupwara, Ganderbal and Anantnag districts of Jammu and Kashmir. The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, tweeted a short while ago that her government departments are on high alert. Thousands of alpine trees have been burnt during last two days and efforts are on to control the fire, say forest department officials. Local residents say, unusually high temperatures at this time of the…

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Kashmir undergoing severe water crisis, deteriorating condition of water bodies serious concern: Experts

Stressing for water conservation, authorities and experts on Thursday said Kashmir was undergoing severe water crisis. During winter, an unprecedented water crisis unfolded in Kashmir as a lengthy dry spell led to a record low water level in the Jhelum. The Jhelum, which originates in Anantnag and runs through Srinagar and various northern areas, covering around 200 kms before entering into Pak, is a major source of drinking water and irrigation. According to experts the scanty rains and receding glaciers have brought Kashmir on the brink of water crisis. “In…

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Shift houseboats to Dole Demb area, HC directs lake authority

HC asks HUDD to release amount sanctioned for project Asking the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) to expedite the process of the shifting of the Dal Lake houseboats from their current location to the Dole Demb area of the lake, the J&K High Court today also directed the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUDD) to release the entire amount sanctioned for this project. These directions were issued today by the Chief Justice-led division bench of the High Court, which was informed that the HUDD had released only 1.40 crore…

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Intermittent rains drench J&K plains, Snow on higher reaches

A fresh spell of rain lashed the plains across Jammu and Kashmir while the higher reaches received moderate snowfall on Friday. “Inclement weather is likely to continue for the next 24 hours,” a spokesman of Meteorological department said. He said ski resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla district, received three inches snowfall and night temperature at the world famous resort settled at minus 1.6 degree, which is still 4 degree above normal. The spokesman said that Srinagar received intermittent rain since late last night though the night temperature improved marginally and…

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Rain, Snow expected across Kashmir Valley, Avalanche warning for high-altitude areas

Third wet spell of the winter is expected across Kashmir tonight and it is likely to bring heavy rain and snowfall in the region during the next two days, the meteorological department said. Downpour is expected to begin across the state tonight and it will last till Sunday. “Moderate to heavy rainfall and snowfall is likely to occur on Saturday and it will gradually decrease,” Mukhtar Ahmad, deputy director, Srinagar Meteorological Centre, said. Precipitation in Kashmir is mostly caused by the western disturbance, an extratropical storm originating in the Mediterranean…

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