Chief Justice urges protection of wetlands, rivers

Chief Justice urges protection of wetlands, rivers
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SRINAGAR: Chief Justice of J&K High Court, Badar Durrez Ahmed, on Sunday called upon judges to pass prompt orders in cases pertaining to encroachment of wetlands and river systems.
The Chief Justice was speaking at the inauguration of a one-day sensitisation programme on “Forest and Wildlife Conservation” organised at J&K State Judicial Academy at Moominabad here.
Judges of the High Court including Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, Justice MK Hanjura, Member, J&K State Judicial Academy, Director J&K State Judicial Academy Abdul Rashid Malik, Chief Judicial Magistrates and Munsifs of Kashmir Province were present on the occasion.
The programme was also attended by officers of the Forest and Wildlife Departments, and also by Dr Pankaj Chandan, Team Leader, Western Himalayas, WWF-India, and Moulika Arabhi, Advisor, Centre for Environmental Law.
“We are living in paradise and it is our duty to preserve this diversity, not only in Kashmir but also in Jammu & Ladakh as well,” Justice Ahmed said in his speech. “Forests are very essential. The flood of 2014 is inter-connected to what is happening around us. Wetlands are also important,” he said.
He said the Dal Lake is shrinking and snow trout population has been reduced and overtaken by the Carp, which was not native to Dal Lake.
Stressing on preservation of the environment, Justice Ahmed said, “Whatever has been done has been done and whatever is left has to be preserved. As far as wetlands are concerned, I find J&K to be blessed with great diversity. Wular Lake has its own importance; it is like the international airport of migratory birds. If the lakes disappear, birds will not come,” he said.