Admin starts demarcation of Hokersar wetland in Srinagar

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 and mapping of its encroachments which were completed after increased efforts during recent months, an official statement said.

A committee comprising eight members from different Departments formed to undertake the demarcation of the wetland area will start the work next week. The process will be completed within one week, the statement said.

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

The meeting was informed that Hokersar has two boundaries including southern boundary falling within jurisdiction of Budgam district and northern boundary falling within jurisdiction of Srinagar.

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

The demarcation of boundaries will also include their geo-tagging to enable easier access to location-specific information about the wetland areas.

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

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

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

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