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Srinagar, Mar 23: The unending construction work coupled with apathy of authorities, have aggravated the woes of commuters in Srinagar city here.
It is been seen that dusts lying scattered over several roads in the city. “When a vehicle passes through the roads, suddenly a cloud of dusts appear and leave the passerby gasp for fresh breath. Mostly street roads are dustier than the major roads like VVIP roads Gupkar, Airport road in Srinagar,” one of the commuters in Lalchock told this KNS correspondent.
People said that even the national highway passing through the city has dusts and sands at both sides of the road.
“Though the SMC is claiming that it cleans the road regularly, but real situation is different. Areas like City centre Lalchock, Batmalloo, Bemina, Qamarwari, Jawharnagar witness dusts on its roads. Due to the bad roads, potholes and ill maintenance of street roads, dusts and sands get deposited on it creating health problems, Said Uman Umar of Jawharnagar.
Dusts in the roads contribute to air pollution. It is a main component of the suspended particulate matter (SPM) that pollutes air. It has been seen that the SPM, a dangerous particle which degrade the air quality, has been increased in the air of the city atmosphere and has not only pollutes the city’s air, but also poses health threat to people residing here.
“Polluted air makes a person’s lungs weak. Constant exposure to these dusts will create respiratory problems, said one of the doctors at SMHS hospital.
One of the officials of SMC said that though they use vacuum cleaner vehicle to clean some major roads, but it can’t be used in other roads due to uneven surfaces. “Sweepers have been engaged to clean those roads. We are trying to keep clean all the roads which have dusts,”he said.
The doctors here said that the number of patients with respiratory problems has increased in the OPD’s of various hospitals and other health centers over the past few months. “Continuous exposure to the dust has resulted in cough and allergy of many people. We are also receiving many patients who suffer from Bacterial growth, Asthma, Bronchitis, and other respiratory problems,” one of the senior doctors of SMHS said.
One of the senior doctors at Chest Diseases hospital said that the dust which the roads are emitting in Srinagar can lead to many respiratory diseases. “Diseases like lower respiratory tract infection can become common besides asthma attacks among the people who are already suffering from it,” he said
He said that the hospital was receiving many patients who are complaining about the chest infections due to the intake of polluted air. “We are receiving huge number for patients. The polluted air can lead to complication among TB patients also,” the doctor said and added that people should adopt precautionary measures as the conditions could worsen in coming months if roads are not cleaned. (KNS)


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If PSA for stone pelting in Kashmir why not in Jammu: Sajad Lone

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Jammu, Feb 18: Peoples’ Conference Chairman, Sajad Gani Lone on Monday said that intimidation and harassment of Kashmiri students, professionals and families living outside Kashmir was unacceptable and cannot be passed off as a purportedly natural outburst.

“These incidents are tantamount to trivializing the enormous sufferings and the pain suffered by the people of Kashmir over the period of the last three decades while their lives were engulfed by the scourge of violence and terror.

They have been at the receiving end of the devastation that comes with a prolonged conflict and they have borne the brunt. To attack them, single them out and harass them is shameful and those behind such mob-mentality and bullying should be dealt with in the strongest of terms”, Sajad Gani

 

Lone said today on arrival in Jammu where he is going to reach out to members of the community to ensure their safety and security.
“If stone pelting is wrong in Kashmir, it is equally wrong in Jammu and should attract the same legal and administrative response. What is wrong in Kashmir can’t be deemed acceptable and tolerable in Jammu. Law and Order is the subject of the State Administration and they need to ensure there is zero tolerance for these mobs in Jammu and those who are involved are arrested and persecuted”, Sajad Lone further added.

“All State Governments are duty bound to ensure the safety and security of all Kashmiri students, professionals and families residing in their respective States and no laxity should be tolerated in this matter. I have spoken to various State Government authorities and Police Authorities in various States and sought foolproof safety and security of Kashmiri students and families in those States”, the PC Chairman added.

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Safe transit of stranded Kashmiris from Jammu our priority: Farooq

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Jammu, Feb 18: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah who is personally overseeing the relief operation of the stranded Kashmiris in Jammu on the second consecutive day has maintained that safe transit of stranded Kashmiris from Jammu is our priority.
Dr Farooq Abdullah who has been personally overseeing the whole relief and rescue operation has ensured the safe transit of more than 2500 small and big vehicles to Kashmir over the past two days.
Pertinent to mention here that the party has geared up its provincial team of Jammu including party additional General Secretary Dr. Sheikh Mustufa Kamal and Provincial President Devender Singh Rana in its response to the exigencies following the incidents of arson and sporadic vioence in some parts of Jammu.
While addressing people at Mecca Masjid Dr Farooq Abdullah urged the stranded passengers there to have faith and believe in the age old traditions of brotherhood and bonhomie. He also applauded the efforts of local people and other communities who came forward to help the stranded Kashmiris. “I am moved by the compassion of various groups and communities who have come forward to the rescue of stranded Kashmiris. The efforts need to be replicated across all sections of the society; measures like these are befitting reply to those forces as are inclined to destroy our unity,” he said.
Meanwhile Dr Farooq under his vigil managed safe transit of stranded passengers including eighty students to Kashmir for the second consecutive day.
Dr Farooq maintained that he will be staying put at Jammu only unless the condition returns to normalcy. “I am personally watchful of the situation. We have put up a free community kitchen at Mecca Masjid to ensure that the needy and stranded people don’t have to face any problem in the wake of the tumultuous situation,” he said.
Party functionaries and senior leaders who are part of the relief operation include Ajaz Jan, Ratan Lal Gupta, Sheikh Bashir Ahmad, Mohammad Syed Akhoon and others.

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CB books revenue officials, beneficiaries for grabbing 45 kanals of state land at Pahalgam

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Srinagar, Feb 18: Crime Branch Kashmir today registered a case against revenue officials and the beneficiaries for illegal transferring state land at Pahalgam in favour of the latter.

According to an official communiqué, the Crime Branch Kashmir received a complaint from inhabitants of village Nunwan Pahalgam Anantnag.
The complaint inter-alia reveals that as per revenue records of the year 1978 (Bikrami) land measuring 45 Kanals & 19 Marlas under Survey No. 169 situated at village Nunwan Pahalgam was Khalsa Sarkar/state land. The land as per year 1990-91 (Bikrami) stands divided under various Nos. viz 196/169 (9.1 Kanals), 200/169(5.4 Kanals), 206/169(1.16 Kanals), 207/169(4.9 kanals), 208/169(8.2 Kanals), 220/169(3.11 Kanals),169 (6.7Kanals) and in the same Jamabandi the entries have been made in tenancy column in favour of tenants and possession holders, but in the same record piece of land under survey No. 169 was recorded as state land (Kabza Najaiz). It is alleged that in Jamabandi of the year 1969-70 few fictitious survey Nos 301/169(10.10 Kanals) 326/169 (3.7 Kanals) were made in favour of some non-locals namely Salam-Din & others R/O Khanabal Anantnag, and 301/169 (2 Kanals) in favour of Ab. Rehman R/O Kanelwan Bijbehara, by the revenue officials in connivance with the beneficiaries. The land has been illegally occupied by the said persons while as the land is state land measuring 38 Kanals as Shamilat U/S 5, and 6.7 Kanals are recorded as

“Goorvan”. Subsequently a preliminary enquiry under Reg.No.58/2011 was initiated at Police Station Crime Branch Kashmir. It came to fore that the land in question has been reflected as Khalsa Sarkar as per “Misle-Haqiyat” (record of rights) of the year 1978 (Bikrami). Subsequently the said land was converted to Shamilaat and then fraudulently in furtherance of criminal conspiracy by the revenue officers/officials and the beneficiaries and mutated in favour of Salam-Din R/O Khanabal Anantang, and Ab. Rehman R/O Kanelwan Bijbehara, U/S 4 & 8 of Agrarian Reforms Act, thereby misused their official position in order to render undue benefit upon beneficiaries.

 
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