Let people rise

People must take ownership of the water bodies that we have, and put pressure on government to take some serious action

Greater Kashmir
Srinagar, Publish Date: May 22 2018 11:23PM | Updated Date: May 22 2018 11:23PM

It is a stark reality that the state has been losing one after another water body. Once lush green valleys are slowly turning into parched lands - that as a community so far we have failed to recognize. To say that the white collar criminals in collusion with the political thugs are largely responsible for the desertification of the state more particularly the Kashmir Valley is not hyperbole. That a large number of officers, officials, and politicians have fattened and are fattening on various schemes meant for conservation of various water bodies is no secret. Some of the classic examples are the Dal and Nageen lakes and once pristine water lagoon Brari-Nambal in the heart of summer capital hardly a kilometer or two away from the power center. Tens of millions so far have been expended in the name of saving the water bodies without conserving any of most endangered. It is not lakes, lagoons, and springs that have suffered callosity and criminality of the bureaucracy even rivers have not been spared. Had not the revenue officials connived with the vested interests and allowed encroachments and construction on the river banks, perhaps rivers like Doodh-Ganga would not be today on the way to extinction. In a society where corruption has gained social sanctity and the corrupt feel like enjoying protection from the state, it is the public answerability that plays an important role in disciplining the administration. Sadly the State as such, and Kashmir province particularly, has failed to throw up a vibrant and energetic civil society committed to protection, preservation, and restoration of water bodies. It augured well when a citizen in the heart of the capital city raised voice against the governments failing to take steps for restoration of Khushalsar and Gilsar lakes. The twin lakes along with the Anchar Lake connected with the Dal Lake, just a few decades back were biggest bird sanctuary and important tourist destination. But, for the lackadaisical attitude of various governments, these water bodies are about to disappear from the map of the city. Instead of ignoring the public outcry against the death of these water bodies, the government should take immediate steps for their restoration and conservation. It should not wait for a massive public outcry. 

 


  • More in this Category
  • Heritage, a Concern

    Heritage, a Concern

    Another heritage site, witness to an era, is crumbling.

Latest News

  1. Ready to join third front if it takes shape in Jammu and Kashmir, says Muzaffar Baig
  2. Ready to join third front if it takes shape in Jammu and Kashmir, says Muzaffar Baig
  1. JRL calls shutdown on November 22 against killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader
  2. JRL calls shutdown on November 22 against killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader
  1. Cop, who allegedly attempted suicide at DGP office, succumbs to injuries
  2. Cop, who allegedly attempted suicide at DGP office, succumbs to injuries
  1. DSEK invites applications from under privileged students to avail 10 percent quota in coaching centres
  2. DSEK invites applications from under privileged students to avail 10 percent quota in coaching centres
  1. Delhi CM attacked with chilli powder in secretariat: Officials
  2. Delhi CM attacked with chilli powder in secretariat: Officials
  1. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader’s killing part of conspiracy to suppress genuine Kashmir voices: Jama’at
  2. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader’s killing part of conspiracy to suppress genuine Kashmir voices: Jama’at
  1. Two army soldiers wounded in cross-LoC fire in Pir Panjal
  2. Two army soldiers wounded in cross-LoC fire in Pir Panjal
  1. Deeply saddened by killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader in south Kashmir, says Mirwaiz
  2. Deeply saddened by killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader in south Kashmir, says Mirwaiz
  1. Panchayat polls: 57 per cent voter turnout recorded in Bandipora till noon
  2. Panchayat polls: 57 per cent voter turnout recorded in Bandipora till noon
  1. Judge halts Trump's asylum ban
  2. Judge halts Trump's asylum ban
  1. Would be good for Musharraf to return to Pak to face trial: Court
  2. Would be good for Musharraf to return to Pak to face trial: Court
  1. SC adjourns CBI hearing post 'leak' of Verma's response
  2. SC adjourns CBI hearing post 'leak' of Verma's response
  1. Vaishno Devi pilgrim from Maharashtra dies in Katra
  2. Vaishno Devi pilgrim from Maharashtra dies in Katra
  1. Salahuddin condemns killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader, calls it ‘handiwork of Indian agencies’
  2. Salahuddin condemns killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader, calls it ‘handiwork of Indian agencies’
  1. Militants killed in Shopian gunfight identified
  2. Militants killed in Shopian gunfight identified
  1. Panchayat polls: Less than one per cent polling recorded in Anantnag till 10 AM
  2. Panchayat polls: Less than one per cent polling recorded in Anantnag till 10 AM
  1. Pakistan, IMF facing differences over bailout programme
  2. Pakistan, IMF facing differences over bailout programme
  1. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat district president Anantnag Hafizullah Mir shot dead
  2. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat district president Anantnag Hafizullah Mir shot dead
  1. Four militants, army commando killed in Shopian gunfight; Internet suspended
  2. Four militants, army commando killed in Shopian gunfight; Internet suspended
  1. Amritsar attack: Punjab Police detain 'hardliners' for questioning
  2. Amritsar attack: Punjab Police detain 'hardliners' for questioning
  1. Militant killings trigger violent protests in Shopian, Pulwama towns
  2. Militant killings trigger violent protests in Shopian, Pulwama towns
  1. Six killed, 10 injured in explosion near ordnance depot in Maharashtra
  2. Six killed, 10 injured in explosion near ordnance depot in Maharashtra
  1. Three girls among four civilians injured in Shopian clashes, referred to Srinagar
  2. Three girls among four civilians injured in Shopian clashes, referred to Srinagar
  1. 2nd phase of Panchayat polls begins in Jammu and Kashmir
  2. 2nd phase of Panchayat polls begins in Jammu and Kashmir
  1. Abducted Shopian youth shot in leg, set free
  2. Abducted Shopian youth shot in leg, set free
  1. Jammu and Kashmir border clash: Mortar shells land near Poonch brigade headquarters
  2. Jammu and Kashmir border clash: Mortar shells land near Poonch brigade headquarters
  1. Multiple people reported shot near hospital in Chicago
  2. Multiple people reported shot near hospital in Chicago
  1. Three army soldiers wounded as gunfight breaks out in south Kashmir's Shopian
  2. Three army soldiers wounded as gunfight breaks out in south Kashmir's Shopian
x
This site uses cookies to deliver our services and to show you relevant news and ads. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Service.That's Fine