Nonstop encroachment in twin Srinagar water bodies caught SMC napping

Srinagar:-The encroachments on ‘once pristine’ water bodies ‘Mokhti Pokhar’ and ‘Vicharnag’ at Nowshera in the outskirts of Srinagar city have caught Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) napping.

The ‘illegal’ structures and plantation of poplars have proven to be the final nail in the coffin for already ‘dead’ water body, said an elderly Ghulam Ahmand Ganaie.

“There’s a big spring in the vicinity of the Mokhta Pokhri mosque and it looks in a dilapidated condition,” Fayaz Ahmad, a resident said. “I still remember my childhood days when we used to take a plunge into the crystal clear water in the adjacent stream. It’s depressing to see how a beautiful stream has been turned into a filthy drain.”  

The development has surfaced despite the experts after the devastating 2014 deluge raising ‘alarm bells’ over the encroachments of water bodies.

When contacted, SMC’s enforcement officer Nissar Ahmad said he was unaware of this development, saying, “the matter has been brought into notice, action will be initiated”.

The water bodies forming an extension of ‘Anchar’ lake make an important part of ‘hydrological system’ of it and any fiddling with them would result into an ecological disaster, said a scholar of Geoinformatics at Kashmir University.

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