Delay in notification threatens Narkara wetland

Delay in notification threatens Narkara wetland

The officials of Revenue department Budgam said they have taken up the matter with Government.

Failure of the Government to notify Narkara wetland on city outskirts as Wildlife Protected Area here is hampering its conservation.   

 

“Narkara wetland is not under Wildlife department but Revenue department. There are only eight notified wetlands in Valley which are under our surveillance,” said the Wildlife Warden Wetlands (Kashmir), Imtiyaz Ahmad Lone.

 

“Few months ago, we held a meeting with Divisional Commissioner Kashmir regarding some wetlands of the Valley which are not yet under Wildlife department. In the meeting, I maintained that we are ready to take care of other wetlands including Narkara if we are provided adequate staff. Subsequently we can start conservation measures,” Lone said. 

 

The officials of Revenue department Budgam said they have taken up the matter with Government. 

 

“I have taken up the matter with the higher officials. We are also investigating cases of illegal constructions on the wetland,” said Assistant Commissioner Revenue (ACR) Budgam, Naseer Ahmad Wani.

 

In absence of any monitoring, reports said unabated poaching of migratory birds by professional hunters in collusion with some officials is going on unabated in wetland.

 

“These hunters visit the wetland in wee and evening hours and on an average kill between 300-400 birds per day” they said.

 

Narkara wetland is spread over around 8,000 kanals of land and is surrounded by Shiekhpora, Humhama, and Hyderpora. 

 

The wetland faces threat of extinction in absence of any conservation measures. “The land mafia has managed to construct illegal structures on the wetland in collusion with some officials. They sell the land at around Rs 70 lakh per kanal. The matter should be probed” sources said.