25 days, 375 men and Rs 8 lakh spent on Mughal road snow clearance

Historic road shut again after last week snow

Shopian: In 25 days, 375 men, seven machines besides Rs 8 lakh were spent on machines and fuel to carry out snow clearance on the Mughal road. The road which connects Shopian in south Kashmir with Pirpanjal region in Jammu was shut for traffic following November 7 heavy snow. Since then, the clearance operation was […]

Shopian admin starts beautification of Jamia Masjid, locals hail move

SHOPIAN: The Shopian administration has started beautification of historical Jamia Masjid here as the court has constituted a committee headed by Assistant Commissioner Revenue (ACR), Shopian to manage the affairs of Mosque and its maintenance after embezzlement and mismanagement of funds. Locals hailed administration’s move and said that authorities should take concrete steps to resume […]

Population of Markhor declines in Shopian sanctuary

Shopian: Population of Himalayan goat, Markhor, in Shopian’s Hirpora wildlife sanctuary has reached to its lowest leaving the animal on the verge of extinction. A wildlife Trust of India (WTI) official Riyaz Ahmad, who is supervising the revival of Markhor project, told Kashmir Reader that about 25-30 animals were spotted in the sanctuary. This is […]

Burning of fruit tree leaves pollutes atmosphere in Shopian

Environmentalists call for awareness about health hazards, benefits of decomposition

SHOPIAN: The burning of fruit tree leaves by orchardists have created a dense smog in south Kashmir’s Shopian causing air pollution that has left elderly and children susceptible to health hazards. According to horticulture scientists, the fruit tree leaves contain a large amount of chemicals which are being sprayed on the trees throughout the year […]

Shopian post office accused of negligence, poor services

Shopian post office accused of negligence, poor services

SHOPIAN: Indian postal services in Shopian has been accused of providing least or no facilities to the people since the internet blackout. Locals allege that no mails are sent or received and nothing is done to improve the services. Bilal Ahmad one of the locals said that recently he went to the Post Office Shopian […]

Methodical canopy management to save future of fruit trees: Experts

Methodical canopy management to save future of fruit trees: Experts

SHOPIAN: After the recent rains and snowfall experts have called for better canopy management in fruit trees, as the need of hour. They also called for better coordination among horticulture department and district based Krishi Vigyan Kandre (KVKs) to aware fruit growers about the practice. Experts found that mismanagement in branches of fruit trees or […]

Shopian villages without road connectivity

SHOPIAN: Around five tribal villages in south Kashmir’s Shopian are without road connectivity and the locals said they are forced to carry ailing patients and expected mothers on wooden stretches. The villagers said administration has forgotten their villages, and “they have forgotten the concept of road”. “Last year, a temporary bridge was laid on the […]

Shopian villages get contaminated water due to defunct reservoir

People slam authorities for not paying heed to their woes

SHOPIAN: Several villages in south Kashmir’s Shopian said they are being supplied contaminated water by Public Health Engineering department (PHE) “as the water reservoir has gone defunct” – which is not being restored despite repeated appeals. Residents of Aloora, Sulbhatpora and Dairpora alleged that the drinking water provided by PHE is highly unhygienic. They said […]

Proposed 16 years ago, construction of Mughal road tunnel nowhere in sight

Historic road closed since November 7 snowfall

Proposed 16 years ago, construction of Mughal road tunnel nowhere in sight

Shopian: Every year, the historic Mughal road which connects Kashmir to Pirpanjal region in Jammu remains closed for almost five months during winters. This year, the untimely November 7 snow has resulted in early closure of the road from last two weeks, causing immense hardships to people in both the regions. To make the road […]