Kashmir’s historic town soon to be history!July 10th, 2011 - 4:05 pm ICT by IANS
Jammu, July 10 (IANS) Pul Doda, the highway town that has connected tourist hubs in Jammu and Kashmir for many years, will soon disappear from the state’s map as the rising Chenab river waters wash it away.
Pul Doda is the last point of the 50 sq km lake made of Chenab river water that feeds the Baglihar hydro-electric project downstream.
And as the Chenab water rises — thanks to rapid melting of snow in the mountains and heavy rains in the catchment areas — the historic town has began submerging in water.
And once the Chenab waters throw a water blanket on the town, Pul Doda, also known for its historic temples, would be lost forever.
“The waters have risen by four meters and are to rise further,” Doda Deputy Commissioner Farooq Khan told IANS.
He said the state government had paid the land compensation to those living in the area while the power project was being constructed.
While the majority of the population has shifted, about 180 families have resisted eviction, demanding rehabilitation.
“We were promised compensation for the loss of our houses and land and also rehabilitated somewhere else, but the government is shying away from fulfilling the second part of the promise,” said Abdul Karim, a resident of the town.
The houses, mosques, temples — everything is in deep water and the administration is threatening to take action against those refusing to leave.
“The administration will not allow these people to stay on and risk their lives, we will evict them if need be,” Farooq Khan said.
Pul Doda, on Batote-Kishtwar highway, is some 170 km from here, six km from district headquarters of Doda, 30 km from Bhaerwah — a tourist hub, and 60 km short of Kishtwar — the hub of hydro-electric projects.
- 'Hydel agreements in Kashmir need renegotiation' - May 23, 2012
- PDP assures action plan for growth of Chenab Valley - Sep 06, 2012
- Three dead, dozens feared missing in Kashmir cloudburst - Jun 09, 2011
- Omar visits snow-hit Jammu region - Jan 09, 2012
- Rain continues in Jammu, many trapped - Aug 05, 2012
- Landslides block Batote-Kishtwar Highway - May 21, 2010
- Protect Chenab river from onslaught, say Himachal villagers - Jan 30, 2012
- Depleting water sources in Himachal worry locals - Jun 05, 2012
- Highway sinks in Doda, rescue work underway - Feb 08, 2009
- 'Harassed' by cops, girl jumps into river in Kashmir - May 30, 2011
- Kashmir reviews terms of NHPC-run power projects - Jan 03, 2012
- Doda, Kishtwar districts cut off, one feared killed - Feb 07, 2009
- Punjab government to discuss Bhakra security - Jul 18, 2011
- Indian Air Force airlifts relief supplies in Kashmir - Feb 13, 2009
- Jammu and Kashmir highway washed away, two districts cut off - Feb 06, 2009
Tags: abdul karim, baglihar, catchment areas, chenab river, deep water, deputy commissioner, district headquarters, electric projects, farooq khan, heavy rains, hubs, hydro electric, jammu and kashmir, kashmir, land compensation, mosques, pul, river water, river waters, tourist hub