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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Under Police Cordon, 5 Walnut trees cut down for Police Officer

Tehsildar of Imam Sahib area says a ‘notorious’ Sub-Inspector supervised the illegal felling Shopian: Because the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) needed the wood for his house, five huge walnut trees were cut down in Woyen village of Shopian on Monday evening, even as policemen formed a cordon so that nobody could go near the spot. The owners of the trees themselves cut them down, though the felling of walnut trees, especially green walnut trees, has been banned by the state government for several years now. The Tehsildar of the…

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Snow & Rain likely in J&K from Friday

Minimum temperatures improved appreciably in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday as the Met forecast rain and snow across the state beginning Friday. “A Western disturbance is approaching the state. It is likely to become active on Friday and Saturday. Rain and snow are expected during this period,” a MET official said. The minimum temperatures across the state improved on Wednesday after an overnight cloud cover, he added. Minimum temperatures were 5.6 in Srinagar while it was 1.4 in Pahalgam and minus 2.4 in Gulmarg. Kargil town in the Ladakh region…

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MeT predicts Rain, Snow in Kashmir from Tuesday

A fresh spell of rain or snow was likely to be witnessed as the western disturbance (WD) will affect the region from February 20, Meteorological Department predicted on Sunday. “A fresh western disturbance is likely to affect Western Himalayan region from 20th February onwards and is likely to cause isolated to scattered rainfall or snowfall activity over Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh,” IMD said in its weather forecast. On February 11, Kashmir valley along with other parts of the state received major snowfall after a long dry spell. The…

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Finally, Snowfall may end dry spell across J&K

After the 40-day harshest period of winter, ‘Chilai Kalan’, passed off without any snow, the weather department has finally forecast precipitation in the Valley. “Heavy rain or snow is likely over Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh on February 11,” the national forecast of the Meteorological Department said, adding that heavy rain or snow was likely on subsequent days also — from February 12 to February 14. “Fairly widespread to widespread rain/snow is likely over Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh on February 12 and decrease subsequently,” it said. The…

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Hope for snowy winter fades as dry spell to continue

PHE Dept asked to prepare drought action plan This year, bright sunny days remained the defining feature in the Kashmir valley during the past month as the temperatures remained quite high and caused a premature departure of the region’s harshest winter period. The day temperature throughout January and for the last few days has been described as “marked high” in the series of weekly reports by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). During the winter’s core period, the mercury touched five to six degrees above the season’s average i.e. 6.3°C in…

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Due to lack of snowfall in Kashmir, water crisis threaten to leave Agriculture, Tourism sectors high and dry

It is around 4.30 in the evening and many people including a few elders from a village in South Kashmir can be seen sitting at the front of a shop. One among the elders is gazing at a barren mountain that used to remain covered in snow during winter and spring. “It has become Punjab here. There will be huge water crisis this year and there is a low possibility of crop yield,” he rued. Almost everyone in Kashmir opines that this year will be difficult for agriculture and horticulture.…

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