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In a first, Centre gives clearance to use of forest land for non-forestry purposes in J&K

Ujh Multipurpose project gets clearance of forest panel

Nasir Azam

Srinagar, Jan 30: For the first time after abrogation of Article 370, the Government of India has given its clearance for use of forest land for non-forestry purposes in Jammu & Kashmir for construction of a multipurpose project of geo-strategic and national importance.

Documents in possession of news agency—KNO lay bare that Central government has given approval for non-forest use of 680.1 hectares of  forest land for construction of Ujh multipurpose hydro-electric project in district Kathua of Jammu & Kashmir.

This was the first project submitted to Centre’s Forest Advisory Committee after abrogation of Article 370.

The FAC in its meeting held on December 22, 2020 gave its go-ahead to the project subject to certain conditions.

As per these conditions, every effort shall be made to ensure that trees are felled only when felling is unavoidable and it shall be done in a phased manner.  “The UT administration shall therefore also ensure that compensatory afforestation is taken up in the first year of the construction of the project, and adequate post-planting measures are taken to ensure healthy growth of regenerated forest,” reads minutes of the meeting.

As per the proceedings of FAC, the UT administration shall prepare a catchment treatment plan (CAT) which will be implemented at the cost of the user agency.

“The Rehabilitation & Resettlement plan shall ensure that no rehabilitation is proposed over forest land. A copy of the approved R&R plan shall be submitted by the user agency to the UT administration who will monitor to ensure that no project affected person occupies forest land,” reads the note.

The FAC observed that “the project is of national importance which provides geo-political strategic advantage in form of more effective use of water of Ujh River”. “This project will ameliorate the agricultural and power sectors in the otherwise barren Kandi area. It will also be a boon in the dry Kandi belt which is reeling under the peril of impending water crisis during dry season and also reduce the miseries of floods in the monsoons,” the record note further states.

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Cop shot dead at Saidapora Eidgah

Sheikh Danish

(Asian News Hub) – Unknown gunmen on Thursday evening shot dead a policeman in Saidapora area of Eidgah Srinagar.

Official sources said that a policeman identified as Javeed Ahmad Kambey, son of Ghulam Muhammad Kambey of Saidapora was shot at by unknown militants near his residence.

They said that Khandey after receiving fire injury in the neck was immediately shifted to SKIMS Soura in critical condition.

Official sources said that the injured cop later succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital.

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Woman injured in hit-and-run accident near Noora Hospital Sgr

(Asian News Hub) – A woman was critically injured after she was hit by an unknown vehicle on National highway near Noora Hospital in HMT on the outskirts of Srinagar on Thursday evening.

Official sources said that 48-year-old woman identified as Muneera resident of Tangmarg was hit by the unknown vehicle near Noora Hospital HMT, leaving her severely injured.

They said that the woman was shifted to a nearby hospital where from she was referred to SKIMS Soura in critical condition.

Meanwhile, Police have registered a case in this regard and investigation has been taken up.

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Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar visits Bandipora’s Tulail

(Asian News Hub) – Famous Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar on Thursday visited remote Tulail along the Line of Control in Gurez valley of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Sources said that the actor reached Neeru village of Tulail via helicopter at around 12 noon today.

They said that he is scheduled to interact with Army and BSF jawans at Neeru village.

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