Int’l Mountain Day Observed

SRINAGAR: To create awareness among masses about preservation of earth component like forests, mountains, glaciers, water bodies and wildlife, Jammu and Kashmir Ski and Mountaineering Association (SMA) and Tourism Department jointly organised a function on International Mountain Day here today.

The function was inaugurated by the Agriculture Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir at Nigeen Club here today which was attended by a large gathering of eminent academics, wildlife biologists, ornithologists, glaciologists, environmentalists, explorers, adventurers and students.

 Besides seminar, many other activities like photo exhibition on nature, slides and film shows were held. All the guests and participants pledged to save the mother earth from human greed. Earlier, one-minute silence was observed in favour of Late Prof Abdul Hameed, who died while climbing Mount Mahadev in summer. 

Prof Hameed, who loved the mountains more than his life, was a legendary trekker which he did till last breath. The SMA is organising a symbolic trekking programme from Faqeer Gujri to Asthanmarg in Dara (Harwan) area. 

Mir also released the Souvenir ‘Green the Blue’ and a shot video film on Snow Skiing at Gulmarg. The 32 page souvenir is edited by Muhammad Yusuf and the ski film is produced by Zahid Zahoor. 

The minister stressed the need of preserving the green cover on the globe. He expressed his deep concern about the tree felling during the turmoil in the valley. He highly appreciated the SMA for coming with the laudable idea of observing the United Nations designated Day. 

Director Tourism Talat Parvaiz said, ‘We have to heal the wounds that we have caused to our forests.’ ‘Ours is a Himalayan state where the dense forests, gushing water bodies, green meadow and lofty snow clad mountains attract tourists from across the globe,’ he added.

 He further said that it would have not be possible to promote tourism in the absence of these natural resources. 

The JKSMA General Secretary Rauf Tramboo expressed his gratitude towards the supporters, contributors and participants for support to make the endeavour a grand success. He said that the Association has been organising small hiking and trekking programmes in Faqeer Gujree area which has tremendous potential for developing tourist village. “We can offer two to three day trekking, skiing, rock-climbing and other allied adventure activities here,” Mr Tramboo said. Source UNI

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