Ban on burning leaves violated, environmentalists warn of air pollution

SRINAGAR: Ban on burning leaves in Srinagar is being violated by both people and employees of government departments, which according to the environmentalists will cause air pollution. Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has imposed ban on burning of leaves and twigs. Despite the violation, theyare yet to take any action. The environmentalist here told Kashmir Reader […]

Red algae bloom defaces Dal Lake

Red algae bloom defaces Dal Lake

Srinagar: Red algal bloom, an indicator of heavy pollution in the water body, has engulfed the surface of Dal Lake turning it red over a vast stretch. Officials pin the blame on increased agriculture activates and consequent use of fertilizers and pesticides in the catchments of the lake. The fault lies partly on the Lakes […]

Illegal construction on rise in Srinagar, demolition squads face threat JKPCC

Illegal construction on rise in Srinagar, demolition squads face threat JKPCC

SRINAGAR: Amid shutdown in Kashmir, illegal construction is on rise in Srinagar, and the administration believes over 15% jump in construction due to the prevailing situation. “Our squads are facing harassment, injuries, and abuse from the violators,” an official at SMC said. “There is always a risk of losing a life. Over 40 squad members […]

After five decades, power department to install street lights on Srinagar’s Nallahmar road

After five decades, power department to install street lights on Srinagar’s Nallahmar road

Srinagar: Almost five decades after Nallamar Road was constructed, the government has begun process for installing street lights on the road passing through Srinagar’s downtown. PDD executive engineer (Shereen Bagh) Ali Muhammd Rather told Kashmir Reader that they have started work for installing street lights on the road. Apart from this, he said they are […]

Road widening projects in Srinagar await completion

Road widening projects in Srinagar await completion

SRINAGAR: Several road widening projects in Srinagar have missed the deadlines and are awaiting completion from years due to the failure of authorities to relocate shopkeepers. These projects include Syed Meerak Shah-Zakura link road of Rainwari and Nishat, and Khanyar-Pandach. For smooth flow of vehicular movement through congested areas in Downtown, the authorities started expansion […]

Marriage assistance scheme for poor girls in limbo due to lack of funds

Marriage assistance scheme for poor girls in limbo due to lack of funds

SRINAGAR: The beneficiaries of state marriage assistance scheme (SMAC) is yet to get any aid from the past four years as they claim that even after getting married, they have been deprived of the promised monetary assistance by the government. The social welfare department has received 6000 cases of the beneficiaries in district Srinagar in […]

Macadamisation works suffers for want of labour

Srinagar: The Roads and Buildings (R&B) department has been unable to complete the yearly targeted macadamisation works in Kashmir due to lack of migrant workforce, while the temperatures have dipped making further works difficult. The workforce fled Kashmir after August 5 during the lockdown that followed the abrogation of Article 370 by Government of India. […]

Internet at DC office not solving students’ woes

Internet at DC office not solving students’ woes

SRINAGAR: The students filling online scholarship forms at DC office here say that they are unable to register due to mobile services blackout and cannot get one time password (OTP) on their phones to compete the process. Last month, Social Welfare department has invited online application from students belonging to the minority communities notified by […]

Monetary aid scheme for widows in limbo due to lack of funds

SRINAGAR: The one-time monetary assistance scheme for widows under National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBA) is yearning for government’s attention since its launch in the State owing to the lack of funds. The scheme was started by the government of India with an aim to provide immediate succour to below poverty line families. As per the […]

Internet shutdown cripples postal services in Kashmir

Internet shutdown cripples postal services in Kashmir

Srinagar: The internet blockade has badly impacted the working of postal services in the valley, with the postal department unable to process several essential services. Officials say the services, nowadays, dependent on internet for processing include money order, cash certificates, insurance, speed post, booking of registered letters and parcel deliveries. The services have been nearly […]