x

Like our Facebook Page

   
Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
 
Breaking News :   J&K paying heavily for 'casual approach' of authorities at Srinagar Airport | 11 more including doctor test positive for Coronavirus in JK | In 16 days, GMC Anantnag collects 12 samples, faces shortage of safety gears | Rumours on social media create panic among masses | COVID19: District Admin restricts movement in Jammu parts | Outspoken nurse of JLNM Hospital Rainawari faces punitive action | Govt constitutes coordination teams to ensure movement of essential goods, services | In violation of JK Govt orders, SKIMS Soura runs covid facility! | No plan to extend 21-day lockdown: Govt | Hours after assuming charge, KAS officer demolishes illegal structure | Doda administration fails to follow procedures for quarantine units | PM Modi appreciates Omar's call for social distancing following his uncle's death | Rekha distributes ration among needy families in Jammu | Police distribute food items among poor, needy | BJP Councillor Sahil Gupta Sanitizes Ward No 7 | Shiv Shankar Committee Vijaypur distributes ration to needy people | Ban on Inter-state, inter-district movement a necessary requirement: Brig Gupta | Causes and effects of viral and bacterial infections | SARS and COVID 19 are dizygotic twins; post traumatic safety behaviors; what we know and don't | Corona Virus - Invisible trap | Anyone can fall prey to COVID-19 | Corona: Young entrepreneur from Jammu awaits govt response on sale of stitched cotton masks | Army hit roads in Kishtwar to make people aware about COVID-19 | Commissioner JMC appeals people to provide food, ration to labourers | No Shobha Yatra on Ramnavami: Dharmarth Trust | Reasi admn promotes hygiene, precautions among traders | Frontline workers combating Covid real heroes of nation; salute them: Rana | People turn up on its own to keep surroundings neat & clean | Fresh spell of rain likely in J&K from Mar 31 | ISM Reasi designates medical officers for telephonic consultation | Vaishno Devi pilgrims stranded in Jammu | Vaishno Devi pilgrims stranded in Jammu | COVID-19: Ladakh MP Namgyal releases Rs 1 cr from MPLADS fund, donates one month's salary | Jammu-Srinagar NH remains shut for fourth day | Burglars strike COVID-19 patient’s house in Hajin Bandipora | Covid-19: Govt notifies helpline for JK’s stranded migrant labourers | Animal Husbandry Deptt appeals public for providing food, water to stray animals | Punish violators who can spread COVID-19: HC to Govt | Distt Admin Poonch fails to mitigate grievances of residents during COVID-19 pandemic | CS directs officials to intensify efforts to contain spread of Covid-19 | TADA Court grants 15-day judicial remand of accused in connection with Pulwama attack | Kishtwar Administration issued passes to 13 vehicles for smooth supply of essential commodities | Distribution of foodgrains moves to another sixteen sub-zones of Srinagar from today | Covid-19: Govt sanctions Rs 17.65 Cr for registered construction workers | Covid-19 Extend date for depositing school fee to Apr 30: Govt to private schools | Covid-19: Govt sanctions Rs 17.65 Cr for registered construction workers | Govt issues orders under J&K Reorganization Act, 2019 | Work 24x7 to transform areas lacking basic amenities: Munish urges admin | COVID 19: People make open violation of social distancing at Samba | COVID-19: Prioritize treatment of patients; distribute masks, PPEs to staff: Lt Governor | Police distribute food items among poor, needy | Shani Dev Seva Samiti distributes masks, sanitizers to security personnel | Art of Living distributes relief among 2500 families | GMHS School donates Rs 1 lakh to PM Cares Fund | MAI waive off two months fee of students | AAP urges admin to help stranded students, laborers | Initiative of DSE Jammu for online classes hailed | Restore 4G internet services: AJKYF | FOIJ resents pick & choose policy by DIO | Health employees decide to donate one day salary | Fight against Covid-19 a challenge, govt needs to do more: Kapil Singh | SCCU urges people to stay at home | Plus 2 PSC Lecturers Association hails decision of deduction of 2 days salary | Back Issues  
 
news details
Valley loses 65-K kanals of forest land in 6-years by fire
1/17/2020 11:56:57 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Jan 17: Forest fires appear to be taking a heavy toll on the green gold as over 65,000 kanals of forest land have been destroyed for the last six years.
In absence of boundaries and proper fencing, an official said live stock of the surrounding areas go on a grazing spree in upper reaches of forests resulting in habitat degradation.
He said that the increase in forest fires happen due to non-demarcation of forest land in Kashmir. “Had the forests been demarcated, less fire incidents would have happened,” the official said.
Official details say that more than 65, 000 kanals of forest area have been destroyed in 1100 wildfire incidents in Kashmir for the last six years.
Figures reveal that highest number of incidents were reported during 2016- 2017, when 371 fire-incidents damaged 30202 kanals of forest land. This was followed by 192 wildfires engulfing 13,699 kanals of land during 2017-2018. 121 forest fires wreaked havoc on 4171 kanals of land during 2015- 2016. The wildfires reported during 2014-2015 are 111 destroying 3984 kanals of land. The most affected areas include the forests of Lidder and Kamraj with the number of wildfires ranging from 227 to 121, respectively.
An official of Forest Department said that half of forests in Kashmir are without demarcation.
“Eight-year-ago, government had decided to demarcate forest land in Kashmir. It was also decided existing boundary pillars will be strengthened but nothing has been done so far,” the official said. He however said the artificial demarcation of its boundaries was done at few places. “Civilian population is also residing in forest areas including Dachigam National Park, posing a serious threat to its species,” the official said.
An environment panel headed by former legislator MY Tarigami had asked Jammu and Kashmir government to demarcate forest lands to stop encroachments and adopt appropriate mechanisms to check the pollution from brick kilns.
The committee had suggested that the Forest Department must take all necessary steps to demarcate the entire forest land to avoid day-to-day encroachment efforts by unscrupulous elements for their ulterior motives.
Meanwhile a senior official said government has taken up several preservation measures for forest land. “Vulnerable areas in forests are being demarcated on priority basis. It requires a large funding for demarcation of entire forest land,” he said.
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
  Comment on this Story  
 
 
 
Early Times Android App
STOCK UPDATE
  
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
 
CRICKET UPDATE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
 
 
J&K RELATED WEBSITES
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
JKTDC
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
UTILITY
Train Enquiry
IRCTC
Matavaishnodevi
BSNL
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
PUBLIC INTEREST
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
JK CAMPA
JK GAD
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
EDUCATION
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
JKBOSE
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center
SMVDU