A Kashmiri boatman rows his Shikara, a traditional boat, as snow covered mountains are seen in the backdrop of the Dal Lake in Srinagar on March 7,2010.The Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed to traffic on March 6,morning following landslides at Panthal in Ramban district.The highway is the main road link between the Kashmir Valley and the rest of the country.AFP PHOTO/Rouf BHAT

Scientific panel calls for creation of artificial wetlands, de-weeding to save Dal 

Srinagar:  A Scientific Advisory Committee, constituted for conservation and management of Dal lake, has called for creation of artificial wetlands at the mouth of the tributaries and drains entering the water body to stop untreated sewage from going directly into the lake. In its recent meeting, the SAC said that the creation of the wetlands

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