Heritage Chinar Faces Axe in Shadipora



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Two mighty Chinars have been cut down in North Kashmir’s Shadipora, locals said.

A local caller from Shadipora which falls in Bandipora said that two big Chinars have been cut down. The cutting down of heritage Chinar is illegal.

“Government gave contract to some agency last year for excavation of Jhelum and since January, labourers are busy excavating sand from Jhelum adjacent to Shadipora bridge,” an elderly from the area told Kashmir Life over phone.

“It was a deliberate attempt to cut down the Chinars,” he alleged.

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He said that there are scores of Chinars planted on a big patch of land on the banks of Jhelum. “Foreigners have spent countless nights in Bon waar (An area under Chinar)  but now this beautiful Bagh is under threat,” he said.

“Our children, youth, and elderly would enjoy summer evenings under big Chinars, but now this beautiful area has been destroyed,” the local added.

Attempts to contact DC Ganderbal and I&FC CE didn’t materialize. However, an official said, “the decision to cut down must not have been taken in haste. Because the Chinars were planted on the edge of Jhelum bank, they would have been detrimental during wind.”

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