‘Govt going tough against encroachments along water bodies’
Srinagar, Feb 2: Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal
Choudhary on Sunday said that administration was taking several measures to
stop encroachments along wetlands and other water bodies in Srinagar, asserting
that the community participation was vital for conserving valley’s rich
a ceremony organized by Department of Wildlife, Jammu and Kashmir Government on
World Wetlands Day here, the Deputy Commissioner said that administration
cracked down on the illegal encroachments along Khushhal Sar, demolishing the
boundary walls and other encroachments that had been constructed over the past
communities play a vital role in the fight against wildlife crime and also in
conserving valley’s rich biodiversity,” said Dr Choudhary in his speech. He
said that engaging communities to support conservation activities is often
challenging. However it bears endless fruits. He urged the Department of
Wildlife to launch similar programmes—which would woo locals and community at
large to help them in mission conservation.
that a special squad of officials has been constituted at district level—who
would be closely working with the Department of Wildlife to stop illegal
encroachments along wetlands and other water bodies in Srinagar.
is sad to spot newer constructions surrounded by wetlands. Those from the
down-and-out club find it tough to get even a small piece of land after
crossing technical hurdles,” he said.
out that there has been no let-up in the illegal attempts to fill paddy fields
and wetlands despite several measures from the district administration and the
floods taught lot of lessons to all of us at societal level as well as at
policy level. We must have learnt not to mess up with Nature and its and His
laws. If we don’t stop encroachments of our wetlands and water bodies, we may
see many disasters coming our ways,” he said, adding “We must ensure that we
save and conserve the richness of our wetlands and associated endemism for the
contribution to ecosystem services. We must also ensure that our wetlands
continue to provide us with resilience to the deleterious effects of climate
Wildlife Warden, Kashmir, Rashid Yehya Naqash said that major wetlands
identified in Kashmir districts face threat from excess landfilling, discharge
of effluents and human encroachments. However he presented a detailed account
of the works and restorations and retrievals missions carried out by the
department in recent months.
that the Government has pledged to work in a mission mode to revive the
pristine glory of the wetlands by reducing human interference.
are doing our best to protect and conserve these wetlands, but we need people’s
cooperation at a large level. There has to be a strong opposition against the
violators for ruining these areas,” he said.
wetlands, teeming with rich flora and fauna, are essential for survival of
mankind and migratory birds, both endemic and endangered,” he said.
for this year’s World Wetland Day, ‘Wetland and Biodiversity’, which offers a
unique opportunity to highland biodiversity.
that the Government has urged people and stakeholders to join hands in actively
participating in the conservation efforts of the government aimed at protection
and restoration of our wetlands.
Jammu and Kashmir has the distinction of having one of the highest identified
wetlands across the country, prominent among them being Wular Lake in Kashmir
and Gharana Wetland in Jammu.
speakers who also spoke on the occasion highlighted the vital importance of the
conservation of wetlands and region’s overall biodiversity.
that there was a need to strengthen the inter linkages of the wetlands to meet
the requirement of the local population. Apart from the ecological,
biodiversity and tourism benefits, it generates sustained awareness among the
masses about the shrinking area and quality of wetlands on account of
encroachments, illegal reclamation for housing and farming, industrial activity
the, Deputy Commissioner released the wall calendar of Department of Wildlife
and also gave away prizes among students—who had participated in debate and
painting competition organized by the department in view of observing World