Steps taken to restore pristine glory of Wular, Hokersar, Chandhar water bodies

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Srinagar: In pursuance to the order passed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) regarding the preservation of Wular Lake, Hokersar and Kreentchoo-Chandhar wetlands, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today chaired a meeting to review conservation and preservation measures for water bodies.

The Divisional Commissioner sought action taken report from the concerned officers in pursuance of NGT directions.

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It was informed that all the directions with respect to demarcation and mapping of the water bodies have been complied with and work on fixing of boundary pillars has been concluded in Wular Lake and is under progress in Hokersar wetland. Further, it was stated that no solid waste dumping is taking place in and around these water bodies.

The Divisional Commissioner directed concerned Deputy Commissioners, WUCMA and Wildlife officers to ensure that no encroachments are allowed along the peripheries of these water bodies besides installing sign boards to stop littering in and around the lake and wetlands. He directed that the violators should be dealt strictly under law.

He exhorted upon the officers to work in synergy so that tangible results are achieved for the preservation and conservation of the Wular Lake, Hokersar and Kreentchoo-Chandhara wetlands.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal, Additional Commissioner Kashmir, Regional Wildlife Warden, Officers of Wular Conservation and Management Authourity (WUCMA), State Pollution Control Board and other concerned officials were present in the meeting.

The Deputy Commissioners of Bandipora, Budgam and Pulwama participated the meeting through video conferencing.