Water bodies are shrinking on daily basis: Minister

May 20, 2017 CITY 381 Views
Water bodies are shrinking on daily basis: Minister

Minister of State for Forest and Environment, Mir Zahoor Ahmad on Friday said that prime responsibility of Jammu and Kashmir Government is to save water bodies because they are shrinking on daily basis.
The minister made the statement when he paid visit to World Famous Wetland Hokersar in Srinagar. He also directed wildlife protection department for restoration of the reserve site of Hokersar.
The Minister emphasized on the need for dredging of the silted up portion of the Wetland and opening up of cheerlead water channels, so that regular water level is retained in the wetland for the benefit of the birds and local population. He asked the concerned for purchasing of the number of required machines which will facilitate dredging, de-siltation and extraction of weeds from the wetland.
Mir Zahoor desired that the wetland should be brought as Eco-tourism destination on speedy measures.
MLA Batmaloo, Noor Mohammad Sheikh, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Wildlife Suresh Chaug, Chief Wildlife Warden, Rashid Yahya Naqash, Conservator of Forests, Regional Wildlife Warden, Kashmir Region and other Senior Officers of Irrigation & Flood Control, Revenue and Forest and its allied Wings accompanied the Minister during his tour.
The Minister was informed that a project at an estimated cost of Rs 9.5 crore have been prepared for the development of Hokersar Wetland and has already been submitted to the concerned quarter for release of necessary financial assistance. He was also informed that the Department is initially a project this year for the restoration of the wetland.
He was told that original area of Hokersar wetland is around 13.75 square kilometres and is a reputed bird sanctuary as birds of various species come from Siberia and spent winter months here in more moderate climate. He was informed that about 5 lakh birds were present in the wetland this year.
The Minister desired for opening of an outlet channel for the water accumulated in the Wetland so that in case of floods, there is no backtrack of the water.
Earlier, the Minister inspected Jammu and Kashmir State Forest Corporation (JKSFC) Sales Depot Shalteng and discussed in detail the issue of establishment of Pump Station in the premises of SFC Land which is already identified for Storm Water Drainage Scheme Shalteng in Batmaloo Constituency sanctioned under AMRUT at an estimated cost of Rs 55.25 crore.
Mir Zahoor directed the Executing Agency, Srinagar Municipal Corporation to come up with a proposal for granting of issuance of No Demand Certificate (NOC) from JKSFC, so that the matter would be taken up with the Government for their consideration.
Taking stock of timber position in the Depot, he was told that presently there is 14689 cft of kail timber, 8500 cfts of Deodar and 50118 cft’s of Fir timber available in the Depot for sale to the consumers.

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