Despite court orders, Ganderbal admn, ‘fails’ to axe Russian poplars

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By Fast Kashmir on 30/05/2019.

Despite court orders, Ganderbal admn, ‘fails’ to axe Russian poplars

Hadi Hidayat


Ganderbal, May 30: Despite High Court orders to axe the Russian poplars across valley, district administration Ganderbal has failed to axe the banned poplar trees.

Shedding of harmful pollen is causing inconveniences and infections in many areas of Ganderbal. Due to failure of administration to cut down the poplar trees and its plantation, residents around these trees are facing severe health problems.

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“This pollen problem has engulfed many areas where the Russian poplars have been planted. The school going children are the worst sufferers by it who develop complications due to this pollen dust,” Ghulam Mohammad a parent from tangchatter told this reporter over phone.

Authorities must take this issue seriously and implement High Court orders to stem the rising rate of allergy and infection, he added.

In 2015 the High Court had issued orders and asked the administration across valley to cut down the Russian poplar trees, but little seems to be implemented on ground in Ganderbal. The problem is worsening in these days as these poplars are in full bloom with pollen dust.

Residents from Tangchatter, Kangan, Akhal, margund, ganiwan, mamar, thune, wussan, manigam, nunner, shallbugh, haran, and other areas of the Ganderbal complained that the District administration has failed to axe the Russian poplars. Official apathy has evoked immense resentment from the residents here.

Amid the orders Russian poplars are still seen in the open in other areas of Ganderbal like; Tangchatter, Kangan, Akhal, margund, ganiwan, mamar, thune, wussan, manigam, nunner, shallbugh, haran and cherwan thus increasing the chances of infections and allergies especially for children and old age.

Pertinently this month, Deputy commissioner Ganderbal, Hashmat Ali directed all the tehsildars of Ganderbal for the removal of such trees across which remains only on papers.