Like our Facebook Page

Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
Breaking News :   Panchayat members pin hope on BDC elections for development of rural areas | 2,000 take part in Army job rally | Bus service remains suspended along Jammu-Pathankot highway | PMC Bank scam: 80-year-old depositor dies after being unable to withdraw money for heart surgery | Pakistan under pressure, must act against terror after FATF's blacklist warning: Army Chief Bipin Rawat | Infighting intensifies in BJP after action against rebels | 8 leaders expelled for raising banner of revolt | Non-seriousness makes Pradhan Mantri Ujwalla Yojana failure in JK, scores of BPL families left out | Will silver screen return to Kashmir after JK reorganization? | Darbar Move preparedness: JKP to deploy more cops in civvies in Jammu | Govt makes ISM dispensaries defunct to run Govt Ayurvedic College Jammu | Home ministry will decide about release of politicians, says Governor | Loopholes identified in previous SRO, new rules set in motion | SHO defrauded with martyr's money, takes no action on complaint of deceased jawan's wife | Dr Sehrish inspects MFC at Media Complex to review facilities | Panel set up to encourage digitisation of payments in J-K | BGSBU celebrates Sir Syed day | One day awareness programme held | IFB organizes Diwali exhibition | Jammu- Kathua route bus drivers, conductors stage protest against toll plaza | Choose it or Lose it | Selective killings post abrogation of Article 370 | Legislative council in Kashmir to be abolished | Administration's lethargic approach: power hit by windstorm yet to restore | Div Com reviews implementation of medical assistance schemes | Advisor Kumar chairs 15th meet of Standing Committee for State Board for Wildlife | J&K Mission for Dairy Development to be established | SSP Traffic Rural launches special drive against traffic rule violators | Advisor Khan reviews arrangements for board exams | Private buses stay off roads as strike against Toll Plaza in Samba enters 5th day | ''Safe zones'' set up for fruit dealers in JK''s Shopian district | Missing 10th class student found from Delhi’s IGI Airport | Ex-SPO among 2 Hizbul terrorists behind killing of 2 non-local civilians in south Kashmir: Police | Gola Shah challaned in cheating case by Crime Branch | Court acquits Pak national in murder case as prosecution miserably failed | Court directs further investigation in DA Case | DPS Nagbani organises educational trip | Illegal parking near Poonch Fort becomes nuisance for locals | Advisor Skandan holds public hearing, listens to public issues at Jammu | Trinity College London examination conducted | BJP demands implementation of decision of SRSC on safe road constructions | CBI arrests ex-JKLF militants, Court grants bail | Hamilton Bridge to be opened for public traffic soon | Security forces conduct CASO after firing by militants in Shopian | Navin Choudhary for effective steps to check illegal mining | Expedite pending dev works of Srinagar district: Div Com to Officers | District Athletics Championship to begin from Oct 20 | Excise Department Sports Mela concludes | Shops, godowns sealed for selling contaminated sweets | JSS Kathua shines in Inter School Poem Recitation Competition | Valley people have no sympathy with detained leaders: Khanna | Army officer visits eastern Ladakh, reviews operational preparedness | Carmel Convent celebrates Grandparents' Day | Srinagar-Jammu highway reopens, only stranded vehicles allowed | Heritageans shines in National Level Quiz | Power shut down | Two day training program on "Public Fund Management System" concludes | Rename Jammu Colleges in memory of 1966 student martyrs: JJSF | GGF celebrates Didi Nirmala Deshpande's birthday | Awareness programme on "Swachhta Hi Sewa" organized | Shiv Sena protests against Sarore Toll Plaza | Distt admin demolishes Illegal structures, shops at bus stand Samba | Kriyansh of Spring Dales school declared National Winner | Young Panthers pay tributes to Science College martyrs | DPS Jammu students shine in TT championship | JKNPP criticizes BJP for cheating Panchayats on 73rd amendment | EJAC for removal of pay anomaly in clerical cadre | People of Panchayat Dhar-A call on DC Doda | Killing of outsiders in State is inhuman act: CPM | Silver jari silk Sarees displayed in jewellery boxes | DM imposes ban on bovine transportation | Congress Seva Dal stages protest against Toll Plaza | SPF to organize hockey tournament | JKMEF highlights demands of medical employees | Eklavya's Naagmandal justifies mythical ritual of man-woman relation | RCE organizes awareness programme on women hygiene | Ex BJP leader asks panchayat representatives to support party candidates | Kishtwar youths demand employment package | JKPCC questions PDD's privatization, Sarore toll plaza | SPCB holds awareness workshops on "Sanitary Waste Management" | Back Issues  
news details
Handwara-Bangus road under scanner
Project of multi thousand crores approved over head of thousands of green forests on 14 Hectares of forest land
1/20/2019 11:15:22 PM
S T Haq
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Jan 20: Multi Thousand crores were approved, with the utilization of 14 hectares of forest land for which scores of green trees were chopped off to build Handwara -Bangus Road, despite having an alternative road has raised question on PWD (R&B) and forest advisory committee 2017 for proposing and allowing road construction via forests.
According to reliable sources that, " The minutes of the 102nd of the Forest Advisory Committee was held on 06/09/2017 under the chairmanship of the then Chief Secretary, J&K Government vide notification no: PCCF/FCA/2450/4143-63 dated 12/09/2017.
The item wise agenda of various proposals from the indenting agencies for diversion of forest land for non forest proposes under Forest Conversation Act was presented in the meeting, in which various decisions were taken out, said sources.
Sources while quoting the minutes of the meeting said that, "the proposal vides agenda no: 102.12 states that, proposal to allow use of 14 Ha of forest land for construction of road from Handwara to Bangus phase 1st by PWD (R&B) in Langate Forest Division.
However in the decision, the proposal was approved in principal in view of the request of Chief Engineer PWD (R&B) that the work for the road has already been awarded and funds allocated. The Chief Secretary/Chairman FAC directed that efforts be made to reduce the number of trees coming in the alignment by 20%, said sources.
Sources further said that, after initial proposal work in the year 2016 multi thousand crores Handwara -Bangus road was approved in the year 2017 and R&B Department invited tenders vide Number : 2017 PWDJK 40982-1 for the construction of Handwara-Bangus road phase 1st INR 11,000 EMD, INR 3,812,000, Tender Estimated Cost: INR 190,600,000.
Subsequently R&B Division Handwara in month of June 2018 vide number E NIT 03 of 2018_19 invited tenders of 2nd phase of the road project in question that was estimated cost 271000000 cr.
Various Social and Environment Protection Activists in question said that, there was no need to approve the proposal, despite there was having an alternate road to reach to the, 'Bangus Valley' tourist destination in north Kashmir's Kupwara district.
However they said that a high-level probe should be done into this multi thousand crore project, due to which scores of green lush trees were chopped off, and with the result there are serve chances of environmental degradation in the area.
These activists have demanded that, beside a high level probe, government must order for immediate cancellation of further work on this road to save public exchequer and green forests in the area, otherwise they will hit the streets and lodge a protest against the concerned authorities.
Meanwhile Rights Activist Rasikh Rasool said that this is really unfortunate, despite best alternate of 30ft width road was available via Rajwar and there was no need to destroy 14 hectare forest land plus destruction of scores of green trees.
He said, in the greater interest of environment further work on this road must be immediately stopped; balance budget should be utilized to widen existing road via Rajwar.
"Only 25% of funds from Handwara Bangus road in question was enough to revamp and widen and compensate to properties coming under alignment of road via Rajwar, but everyone one is in fix why Govt is hell-bent to spend huge funds to destroy multiple hectors of forest land to construct Handwara Bangus Road, Rasikh added.
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
  Comment on this Story  
Early Times Android App
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
Train Enquiry
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center