Ganderbal: In blatant violation of prescribed norms, haphazard sand and stone extraction is going on in full swing in various areas of Nallah Sindh here in central Kashmirs Ganderbal district thus disturbing its fragile ecology and posing a threat to the trout habitat.
Residents of several villages of Kangan, Gund and other adjoining areas are up in arms against various departments for delaying stopping of illegal stone, bajri and sand extraction in Nallah Sindh from Wayil to Sonamarg for past many months particularly during current unrest.
Locals of these areas told PTK that despite government ban on illegal extraction of stones, boulders and sand from streams in the State, the practice is going on unabated in Nallah Sindh, considered as home to famous Trout fish which remain attractions for tourists visiting Sonamarg.
The trout fish production of Nallah Sindh is under a serious threat due to illegal extraction.
Locals alleged that fisheries department and other concerned departments are involved in illegal extraction and transportation of sand and other materials.
“Illegal extraction of sand, bajri and boulders is going on unabated on a vast expanse of Nallah Sindh along its main embankment”, locals alleged.
“These unscrupulous persons who claim to be contractors are round the clock only extracting sand ,bajri and boulders by using heavy machines ” , locals said.
“The Nallah Sindh is the most favourable habitat for trout species as it provides optimum level of oxygen, carbon dioxide and exposure to light adding that change in topography leads to destruction of aquatic flora and fauna ” a sciences graduate of Kangan told PTK.
He further said that fisheries department alone cannot do everything as there are other line departments including geology and mining who have a crucial role to play.
Outraged at illegal extraction of sand ,bajri and boulders from Nallah Sindh here locals have appealed concerned officials to look into it and demanded immediate action against the people involved in this illegal trade.(PTK )
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