Pollution hits water chestnut production in Wular
Bandipora, Aug 7: The increasing pollution in the Asia’s largest fresh water lake, Wular here has adversely affected the production of water chestnut, threatening the livelihood of scores of people.
“The pollution in Wular has resulted in decline of water chestnut production and has also affected its quality,” an extractor Ghulam Muhammad said.
Wular is the only source of Chestnut production in Jammu and Kashmir, yielding approximately 4000-5000 tons of nuts annually, locals said. However, this year the extractors were perturbed to witness drastic decline in the production, they added
“We were expecting more than 6000 tonnes of produce this year, but the growing pollution in the lake has affected the crop” Ghulam Muhammad Kawa said adding “the dumping of waste in the lake is the main cause of decline as it hinders the growth of the Chestnut plant.”
“Most of the areas in Wular which witnesses abundant growth of chestnut plant have failed to yield anything as sewerage flows directly into the lake at these points,” he said, adding “among ten leafy plants seven are decomposed and fruitless.”
“The Municipalities in the three townships of Bandipora Sumbal, Bandipora and Hajin are dumping waste into the Wular,” the locals said, adding the authorities failed to stop it despite repeated pleas by the chestnut extractors.
The water chestnut extractors said the growing pollution in the lake had caused unknown diseases to the plants. “Thousands of households residing in around 13 villages located on the banks of Wular are solely dependent on the lake which produce include chestnut, fish and Nadroo. And the decline in the production of these has threatened their livelihood with some of the extractors turning to other jobs in order to make their ends meet,” the extractors added.
The chestnut extractors have appealed to the government to compensate them as the produce this year was badly hit by the disease caused due to pollution. “We appeal to the government to compensate as we are unable to make our ends meet,” the extractors said.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 7 Aug 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 7 Aug 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 8 Aug 2011 00:00:00 IST
- MORE FROM KASHMIR
- Pollution hits water chestnut production in Wular
- ITBP FORGETS ITS MAN
- ERA holds workshop on environment, safeguard measures
- 'Wonpora bridge will be thrown open by September'
- Fill post of Punjabi teachers or face protests: APSCC to govt
- We will take time to resolve their issues: Tanveer Jahan
- Youth drowns in Jhelum
- Enumerators, supervisors seek release of honorarium
- Flash floods damage irrigation canals in Kargil
- Hailstorm hits Pul village
- Govt apathy stalled 2010 killings probe: SHRC chairman
- 2 infants die in GB Pant
- Educationist Gh Jeelani passes away
- SAKINA ASKS UNEMPLOYED YOUTH TO SET UP INCOME GENERATING UNITS
- Congress to bring 73rd amendment in Panchayati Raj Act
- Dabla nominated ICSSR member
- Shutdown in parts of old city
- Spurt in infiltration attempts in Kashmir: Army
- 6.30 lakh pilgrims pay obeisance at Amarnath
Bandipora, Aug 7: The increasing pollution in the Asia’s largest fresh water lake, Wular here has adversely affected the production of water chestnut, threatening the livelihood of scores of people.  More
- Srinagar City
Residents aghast, seek fibre glass walling; Will do it, assures minister
Srinagar, Aug 7: At a time when governments even in the metropolitan cities like New Delhi are so sensitive towards people’s privacy living in the vicinity of flyovers, that they got fibre glass walls More
‘PAY IMMEDIATE HEED ON CONSUMER COMPLAINTS’
Jammu, Aug 7: Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution and Power, Shabir Ahmad Khan directed CA&PD authorities to keep close vision on black marketing and undue profiteering at More
- South Asia
Karachi, Aug 7: The death toll in the Lyari building in Karachi collapse rose to 21 as rescuers recovered nine more bodies from the rubble and feared more people, alive or dead, were still under the debris More
Kabul, Aug 7: Insurgents shot down a US military helicopter during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the same elite Navy SEALs unit that killed Osama Bin More