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Wetlands of Kashmir

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Wetlands play an important role in the ecosystem and also act as lungs of the rivers in case of any rise in the water levels. Recently the Commissioner Secretary, Forest, Ecology and Environment, visited Hokersar and Narkara Wetlands.

He emphasized the need of adopting an effective policy for systematic conservation and development of Hokersar and other wetlands.

He directed the Superintending Engineer, Irrigation & Flood Control department to expedite implementation of measures such as regulatory gates at identified points, silt detention tank at the inlet, trash guards etc. He also asked the Executive Engineer, Irrigation & Flood Control, Mechanical division, Baramulla, to deploy requisite machinery for clearance of silted patches in the wetland.

He assured the delegation of Zainakote locals that the government is committed to ensure that rights of the community within the wetlands are protected without allowing any change in the land use or in the characteristics of the wetland.

SE informed the Commissioner Secretary regarding steps being taken up to implement the 2nd phase of restoration plan under PMD for Hokersar Wetland.

He asked the Joint Commissioner, SMC, to ensure collection and disposal of solid waste in and around the wetland areas besides deploying an adequate number of dust bins.

He directed the Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Budgam, to ensure that the wetland is protected by way of creating water pools, de-weeding, boundary demarcation, cleaning and restoration of feeder channels.

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