The Commissioner / Secretary Forest, Environment & Ecology Sarita Chauhan today on 11-07-2020 inspected Wular lake conservation works of Wular Conservation and Management Authority (WUCMA). She also inspected works carried out by Forest department under CAMPA scheme in district Bandipora.She was accompanied by Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Dr. Mohit Gera (HoFF) and Chief Conservator of Forests, Kashmir Farooq Gillani and Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Zahoor Ahmed Mir.

The Chief Conservator of Forests / Chief Executive Director WUCMA briefed about the progress made in the dredging operations carried out in different sections of the lake. The work of Wular dredging has been taken up on a large scale after UT administration sanctioned Wular Action Plan for Rs 200.00 crores for conservation and management of Wular Lake. The contract has been alloted to RDL-ZYCHL on 30-04-2020 for an amount of Rs 148.59 crores. The said company has started the dredging work for 31 lakh square meters of silted area, as per the contract of which 97 thousand square meters of area has been dredged out as on date. The said work when completed will remove 63 lakh cubic meteres of silt from wular lake and will restore the carrying capacity of the lake on that area. The CED briefed commissioner secretary about progress of catchment conservation works, biodiversity Conservation works and eco-tourism development works which are also under implementarion under Wular Action Plan. Commissioner Secretary directed for enhancement of pace of work to achieve daily target by utilizing all available dredgers. She directed the CED and SE WUCMA to monitor quality and quantity of works and take special note of the disposal of the dredged slurry in the identified site only. She directed to set and monitor daily targets to complete the work within alloted time. She enquired from the site engineer about the capacity available for the work at site and directed WUCMA officials to resolve issues in dyke formation and willow removals and maintain inter-departmental coordination for smooth operation of lake conservation works.

The visiting team also inspected CAMPA plantation works established by DFO Bandipora. The team inspected CAMPA closures established during the year 2015-16 and 2016-17 on Baba Shukrudin hillock and found it in good health. The units have been established on refractory sites and at present are fully established providing shelter to wildlife and fodder to livestock. PCCF directed DFO Bandipora to ensure protection of these units. He also directed him to estimate valuation of ecological services of established plantation units.

The team alongwith others was accompanied by Irfan Rasool Wani Conservator of Forests North Circle, Zubair Ahmad Shah Conservator of Forests, Srinagar Circle, DFOs Kamraj and Bandipora ,Deputy Directors of Forest Protection Force Bandipora and
Kupwara of the Department.

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