8Km Road Laid Via Forest,Grazing Land For 4 Persons,HC Asks How? 

SRINAGAR — Can forest and kahcharie (grazing) land be utilized to construct road, Jammu and Kashmir High Court has asked the government to reveal amid claims in a petition that 8 kilometer road was laid through the land for the private benefit of “four persons who have constructed summer houses in village Badi Patheri and do […]

Wildlife Week-2018 Begins At Dachigam National Park

SRINAGAR — The celebrations of wildlife week 2018 commenced here at Nature Interpretation Center of Dachigam National Park being organized by the Central Wildlife Division, Department of Wildlife Protection. During the Week, various programmes shall be organized to educate the students in particular and the public in general about the importance of wildlife, flora and fauna […]

HC Raps Govt For Delay In Gulmarg Master Plan   

“Such a eco-fragile tourist resort is without master Plan is unacceptable. We are not going to tolerate this kind of practice by the authorities as six years have lapsed.” SRINAGAR —Terming the delay in finalizing Master Plan for Gulmarg, as shocking, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday said that it was unacceptable to […]

J&K Govt Asks Forest Dept To Setup VLCs For Protection Of Forests

JAMMU — The Jammu and Kashmir government Tuesday asked the forest department to constitute Village-level Forest Committees (VFCs) for protection of forests in the state. Commissioner Secretary Forests, Environment & Ecology, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi who reviewed the functioning of the territorial forest divisions of this province here at a meeting of senior functionaries of the […]

HC Notice To Govt On Felling Of Trees In Sindh Forests  

SRINAGAR — The J&K High Court on Friday issued a notice to government on a Public Interest Litigation, seeking directions to state functionaries and General Manager, Power Grid Corporation of India to halt cutting down of trees for laying Srinagar-Leh 220KV power transmission line in the Sindh forests. A division bench of the court has asked the […]

Shopian Wildlife Sanctuary: HC Seeks Protection Measures

SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed Chief Wildlife Warden to suggest what measures are necessary to ensure restoration of the Hirpora Wildlife Sanctuary situated in Shopian in south Kashmir within two weeks. The sanctuary is home to Himalayan Brown Bear, Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer, Leopard, Tibetan Wolf, Himalayan Palm Civet […]

100s Of Forest Trees Face Axe For Ladakh-Ganderbal Transmission Line

GANDERBAL — A transmission company which is executing work on Ladakh to Alastang Ganderbal 220 KV transmission line axing and uprooting of hundreds of green gold trees in Sindh forest range Division Ganderbal. Reliable sources said that the company axing and uprooting hundreds of forest trees during laying of this transmission line. Sources further revealed […]

Pahalgam Illegal Constructions Have To Go: HC 

SRINAGAR  — All illegal constructions in Pahalgam health resort has to go, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court said on Wednesday even as it granted ‘last opportunity’ to state authorities to act in this regard.  Ordering that all illegal constructions needed to be demolished, a division bench of the court also directed authorities that for […]

HC To Govt: ‘Prevent Ultimate Death Of Pangong Lake’  

SRINAGAR — The J&K High Court on Tuesday directed district administration Leh to take well planned, sustainable and scientific efforts and steps to prevent “ultimate death” of Pangong Lake. “Lakes are not only a significant source of precious water, but extend valuable habitats to plants and animals, moderate the hydrological extreme events – drought and floods, […]

How Kashmir’s Mountain Resorts Are Being Turned Into Concrete Jungles

Ather Pervez If anything is emblematic of the lack of proper planning for tourism management and disregard for Kashmir’s ecological resources, it is the master plan for infrastructure development in one of the Valley’s stunning mountain resorts, Sonamarg. The plan has been designed after 96% of the built-up area has already been brought under construction […]