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  • Srinagar-Leh, Bandipora-Gurez roads suspended for traffic

DODA: Upper reaches of Chenab Valley in Jammu and Kashmir witnessed season’s first snowfall after a long dry spell. In picturesque Bhaderwah Valley heavy snowfall was witnessed in Kailash mountain range, Asha Pati, Seoj Dhar, Chattar Gali leading to sudden drop in temperature forcing people to wear warm clothes to protect themselves.

There was slight drizzle at some places in Doda,Ramban, Kishtwar and  Bhadarwah towns. Reports said commuters faced tough time in driving on slippery roads while district administration pressed their men in service to clear roads from snow.

Meanwhile, due to heavy snowfall in Drass and Manimarg, the Srinagar-Leh road was suspended for traffic. Reports said that no vehicle was allowed to proceed towards Kargil and were stopped at Sonmarg after fresh snowfall.  “Gurez-Bandipora road was also suspended due to slippery conditions,” said a police official to news agency CNS.  

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UDHAMPUR: An anti encroachment drive was conducted by Forest Department under the direction of Divisional Forest Officer, Udhampur,  Jugal Kishore Gupta here today. A team of officials of Forest Division Udhampur lead Range Officer Dudu, Mahesh Abrol along with officers of Forest Protection Force(FPF)  removed encroachment at Kud from compartment no. 89/D of Dudu  Range  and evicted 7 Kanals and 9 Marla of forest land.  A pacca hut also dismantled on the same land which was illegally constructed by on Sh. Vikram Singh S/o Sh. Narinder Singh R/o Jammu on the forest land. The operation was conducted in presence of  Tehsildar Chenani Pardeep Kumar and officers of police station Kud. According to the DFO Udhampur Forest Division, encroachment drive will remain continue in the whole district.

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NOWSHERA: In a major achievement, the Forest department has retrieved 147 Kanal of Forest land from encroachers in Treru Block, Lamberi Range of Nowshera Forest Division besides dismantling two structures on the spot. A team comprising Range Officer, Lamberi and Assistant Director Forest Protection Force today performed this task under an operation which was coordinated at circle level by the Conservator of Forests, West Circle, Rajouri.

 

DFO Nowshera has ordered fencing of retrieved area immediately to prevent from any further encroachment. Pertinently, the action has been taken in response to a complaint number JP-30/2017 lodged by Dil Mohd S/o Sain R/o Harichuma Tehsil Teryath District Rajouri before the J&K Accountability Commission. The Forest land was under encroachment of Shera S/o Azeem, Abdul Gafoor S/o Imam Din, Balwant Raj S/o Sarnu, Mania S/o Shibbu, Mohd Bashir s/o Imam, Dil Mohd S/o Sain and Lal Hussian S/o Faqar Din  from time to time since 1971-72 Jambandhi under Kahsra No. 1115 in village Harichuma Tehsil teryath, Rajouri.