Admin starts demarcation of Hokersar wetland in Srinagar

Process to be completed within 1 week: DC
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The Srinagar administration has begun the process of peripheral demarcation of Hokersar wetland area falling within jurisdiction of Srinagar district.

This comes after demarcation of the Khushalsar Lake andmapping of its encroachments which were completed after increased effortsduring recent months, an official statement said.

A committee comprising eight members from differentDepartments formed to undertake the demarcation of the wetland area will startthe work next week. The process will be completed within one week, thestatement said.

This was informed in a meeting held Saturday under thechairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary.

The meeting was informed that Hokersar has two boundariesincluding southern boundary falling within jurisdiction of Budgam district andnorthern boundary falling within jurisdiction of Srinagar.

The peripheral demarcation in Srinagar will be held fromNarbal to Zainakote areas and it will be followed with government notificationof the wetland area aimed at its restoration.

The demarcation of boundaries will also include theirgeo-tagging to enable easier access to location-specific information about thewetland areas.

Meanwhile, the district administration has banned dumping ofsolid waste in and up to 500 meters from the Hokersar. The aim of therestrictions is to prevent further damage to the wetland.

The first demarcation of Hokersar wetland area was carriedout in 1935 and an area of 13.75 square kilometres was notified as its totalarea through a cabinet order issued in 1945.

The wetland has been subjected to massive encroachments overhuge parts of its area over the last three decades, the state said.

ADC Srinagar Kuldeep Krishan Sidha and all eight members ofthe demarcation committee were present in the meeting.

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