Environment Pak Affairs

Project to save Jehlum from pollution

SRINAGAR: Alarmed over deteriorating condition of the Jehlum because of polluted water and encroachment on its bank, the government has prepared a project to restore its pristine glory.Also called Vitasta, originating from Verinag in south Kashmir and going to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir before passing through Lal Chowk and other towns, the Kashmiri Hindus consider it as an incarnation of the Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva.

An official spokesman said in the first phase Rs 25 crore was being spent to develop and beautify the embankments from Sonawar to Lal Ded hospital.So far Rs 9 crore have been utilised for the purpose, he said.He also said 450 encroachments had been removed from the banks of the Jehlum, while out of 59 houseboats to be shifted under high court directions, nine had already been shifted. To keep the Jehlum neat and clean, it was decided to install dustbins on its either side.-SANA

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