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SRINAGAR: Towards the Conservation of Ecology and Preservation of Flora, the Army carried out Afforestation Drive in Pattan and AGS Ziran to meaningfully contribute and spread the message of Green India. A master plan for the tree plantation drive was also prepared in conjunction with the Forest Department and preparations were carried out for the event. Army personnel from Ziran Army Garrison, prominent civil dignitaries of Tangmarg and students and teachers of the school attended the event and planted more than 400 saplings. The motive of the event was to inculcate a habit among children to be more sensitive towards environment and inspire them to be the ambassadors of environmental protection.

 

The plantation drive will not only benefit the environment but will also influence the socio-economic development of the nation, prevention of global warming, reduction of pollution, soil conservation and will certainly add onto the natural aesthetic beauty of the Valley. The clean and salubrious neighbourhood is only  possible through plantation of trees, which will not only beautify the surroundings but will also act as lungs for the area, purifying the air and providing better health to everyone.

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SRINAGAR: Rain lash Kashmir Valley yet again on Friday while some parts in upper reaches received fresh snowfall.  Reports said that Kashmir Valley on Friday received rainfall resulting in the dip in day temperatures. Besides, rainfall in plains, the upper reaches received snowfall. Snowfall was also recorded at tourist destinations including Gulmarg and Sonmarg.  The fresh snowfall at Mughal Road prompted authorities to close it down for vehicular movement. Srinagar-Leh road was also closed due to fresh snowfall at Zajila and Gumri.

 

A police official said that Jammu-Srinagar highway remained open throughout the day despite rains.   Majority roads were under one to two feet of rain water in the summer capital of Srinagar, where people remained confined to their homes. A Met department official said the weather will improve from Saturday. Majority roads in the city, including at Regal Chowk, historic Lal Chowk, Magarmal Bagh, Lal Ded Hospital Road, Karan Nagar, Firdous Abad Batamaloo, Exhibition and Samandar Bagh road were under twofeet of rain water due to faulty drainage system. However, streets wore a deserted look while shop keepers closed their shops before evening.

 

Due to heavy rains and windstorm some poplar trees at Uttersoo Achabal were uprooted on the interior link roads  which had completely blocked the Shangus Chattergul road and other link roads. Police parties from Police Station  Achabal and Police Station Utersoo swung into action and launched a massive road clearing operation under the supervision of SDPO Achabal Shri Tanveer Ahmed. The trees lying on the roads were cut and removed by using chain saw and axes. All the link roads were cleared and made through for traffic.

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GANDERBAL: 434-Km long Srinagar-Leh highway connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir Valley was closed due to fresh spell of snowfall in Zojila Pass and Sonamarg in this central Kashmir district on Friday. Reports said that health resort of Sonamarg and adjoining hills received around one inches snow while rains lashed the other areas of the district. Bringing smiles to the tourists again in Kashmir, world famous tourist spot Sonamarg on Friday received fresh snowfall. Amid heavy rain in plains Upper reaches of Kashmir valley received fresh snowfall which bring chill again in the Valley whereas many tourists were seen moving towards Sonamarg  to enjoy snowfall.

However, the Srinagar Leh highway has been closed since yesterday evening due to heavy snow fall in Zojila area. The snow depth is about 6 inch at Minamarg, reports said.  The highway was thrown open last week by Beacon without even informing the local administration following which district administration vowed to launch “criminal proceedings” against the beacon officials.

Meanwhile, the weather department forecast moderate to rather heavy rain, thunder showers at a many places over J&K divisions, “Widespread Rain forecast from today till 21st Saturday Morning in Jammu and Kashmir.