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Rambiara Nallah dying a slow death, official involvement decried

By INS Correspondent , in Regional , at August 28, 2018

Shopian:  Rambiara a popular nallah that passes  Shopian has a history and lies between the junction of the northwestern and the southeastern segments of the Pir Panjal range. Its southeastern and northwestern divides are marked by Veshav and Sasara,-Romushi catchments, respectively.

It passes through (Hurpora) shopian and goes into river Jehlum at Naina Sangam. It also touches shopian town near Batpora.

The water of Rambiara comes from the Pir-Panchal Snow Mountains, springs and it shaped a big Nallah near Chowgam village of Shopian, and the historical Mughal Road touches its banks on same village.

Not only is it beatifull place near chowgam village but it creates popular streams and Rivulets like sangul, Draman kul, LAR, Bad Ladi etc to provide water in wetlands and orchards in Hundred of villages of shopian /pulwama.

The Nallah (Rambiara) is wide near villages of Turkuwangam, sugan, heffshirmal According to revenue department near sugan village its length is 1 km, near about which is located in Tehsil Chitragam shopian.

Wakeel Ahmad a resident said  that Rambiara was so plain near sugan village that in the year 1971 an airplane had to do emergency landing in Nallah due to some technical fault, all passengers were removed safely including Pilot.

“The people of the Sugan village hosted them with food from their homes,” he said.

According to Abdul Aziz Shiekh, drought hit the area a decasde ago and fight over water erupted.

“So the decision to divide the water from nallah was taken. And the water was divided through flowers. Three Rose flowers were thrown in water near chowgam (kracipathri). Two flowers went to one side and one went to other,”Shiekh said.

According to Shiekh it meant two parts of water of (Rambiara) and one part in Nallah( LAR).

“Today this Nallah  has lost its beauty and historical importance due to land encroachment, garbage dumping, illegal sand extraction,” residents said.

Unfortunately official Apathy, administration callous approach all waste material and garbage from different areas were thrown on its banks.

“Thousands of kanals of land has been grabbed by people, llegal constructions on Nallah is galore. How come authorities don’t know it. They are hand in glove in this destruction,” residents decry.
According to Wakeel Ahmad the nallah can be saved if Geology and mining department is serious about it.

Municipality department shouldn’t decompose its garbage and unwanted material on its banks they should identify separate land so it could be cleaned, Wakeel added.

“Shopian Administration should have and still can create public parks on its banks to attract people,” Wakeel said.



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