Srinagar: On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Environmental Policy Group (EPG), in co-ordination with organisations and members of Civil Society, organised a sit-in protest today against the vandalisation, encroachments and destruction of Natural Resources in Partap Park , Srinagar.
The participants expressed serious concern over “the unabated destruction of forests, wildlife parks, national parks, sanctuaries, wetlands, rivers, lakes, tourist destinations, karewas etc in cohorts with political class, bureaucrats , officials and Tribunals”, a statement issued by the group said today.
Eminent environmental activist and Convenor, Environmental Policy Group (EPG), Faiz Bakshi, who was also the key organiser of the event said that the speakers lamented about the past pristine glory of Kashmir as one of the most preferred tourist destinations which has been reduced to any other shabby town due to illegal, unplanned and mushroom growth.
“The same fate has befallen on Sonamarg, Pahalgham, Gulmarg, Srinagar and other upcoming tourist destinations. The speakers expressed deep concern about the dying Dal Lake for which the politicians are responsible due to the vote-bank politics.”
The participants expressed in one voice that in view of the vandalisation and destruction of natural resources of this magnitude the World Environment Day was actually “a day of mourning”.
It was resolved that the organisations involved in Conservation of Environment and with the support of Civil Society will evolve a common strategy to fight issues related to Environment that will include confronting the violators, vandalizers and naming and shaming them.
Among the prominent participants included eminent poet Activist Zarief Ahmad Zarief, Mrs. Hameeda Nayeem, Shakeel Qalandar, Dr. Kundangar, Ajaz Rasool, Rauf Tramboo, Dr.Raja Muzaffar, Mohammad Amin Bhat, Siraj Ahmad, Sajad Gul and others.
The protest organised by Environmental Policy Group (EPG) and RTI Movement was supported and participated by:
KCSDS, FCIK, TAAK, ATOAK, KHARA, KTMF, J&K Tourism Alliance, Ziraat Times, J&K People’s Forum, Eco-Tourism Soceity of India-Kashmir Chapter, Kashmir Concern, J&K Constructions Contractors Co-ordination Committee, New Kashmir Fruit Growers Association, J&K Saffron Growers Association, Rahat Foundation, Global Youth Corps, Eco-Peace Resources, Voice Of Victims.