‘Govt Shuts Eyes To Kousar Nag Eco-vandalism’

KBF Threatens Stir

KULGAM:  Questioning the motives of the BJP-PDP government and alleging an agenda behind the flagging off of the controversial Kousar Nag Yatra, Kousar Nag Bachavo Front (KBF) Thursday stated that  the the state government kept people of Kashmir in dark about the ongoing Kousar Nag yatra and thus allowed pollution  of the fragile environment of Kashmir Valley.

The KBF has now threatened to take legal action to stall the yatra citing environmental concerns.

Kousar Nag serves as source to the Aharbal waterfall and Veshav rivulet that irrigates agriculture lands and apple-rich orchards in Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag district in the Valley.

Pertinently, BJP legislator Ashok Nanda last week flagged off lesser known Kousar Nag yatra from Reasi.

General Secretary KBF Sajad Noorabadi, while addressing a press conference, said that the Front has decided to move to the court against the yatra that had no historical background. “BJP wants to start yatra after yatra. We fail to understand why these yatra’s are organized. These lesser known and historically irrelevant yatra’s are unacceptable to the people of Kashmir and we know how to handle with these anti-Kashmir and Hindu zealot elements,” he said.

Noorabadi said that,  “there is no historical background of this yatra. People having RSS and BJP mindset are hell-bent to pollute the fragile environ of Kashmir Valley. Kousar Nag lake has much ecological importance as it provides water to half of southern Kashmir’s districts. Kashmir’s glaciers are melting at a fast rate and if Kousarnag was developed as a pilgrimage spot then the construction in the area would be disastrous for the ecosystem in Kashmir. Local analysts say increased activity has led to a speedier melting of ice, cutting of trees and littering in the region”

He said that they will oppose the yatra and will not allow any yatri to pollute the environment. “KBF will take legal course of action to stop this ‘insignificant’ yatra in Kashmir. So what if BJP is at the helm of affairs. We will see how Civil administration will erect tents and sheds in the fragile zone for the yatri’s whose sole motive is to fuel tension in the region. If this ‘insignificant’ yatra is not suspended, it will then have serious ramifications,” he said.

Pertinently, last year the controversial yatra was suspended after the people in Kashmir opposed the move citing what they called “cultural aggression” by India in the region to undermine its Muslim majority demographic. To quell the protests, then government had imposed curfew after the separatist had called for a State wide strike. 

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