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Mushtaq Pahalgami 

Mushtaq Pahalgami is a Environmentalist Founder/President Himalayan Welfare Organization Pahalgam (Regd)Social Worker of Rti 2009,Psga 2011,President of the Pahalgam Tent/Travel Operators Union Pahalgam,Spokesman/Publicity Secretary (PPWO),General Secretary Pahalgam Hotel/Guesthouse Owners Union Pahalgam,Mushtaq Pahalgami is working for  social issues and matters relating to empowerment of youth and Women.Mushtaq Pahalgami is a youth leader and a known face of Ananthnag District especially in Pahalgam Tehsil ;

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GK – Pahalgam, Apr 17, 2010: The government is understood to have given its green signal to the proposal of shifting the amusement park at Pahalgam to some other location which will cost more than Rs 5 crore.

The amusement park was established by the Jammu and Kashmir Bank at a cost of Rs 3 crores on 48 kanal land in the midst of dense pine forests. The park generates an income of Rs 60 lakh per annum. Now, shifting of the park to other location would cost the JK Bank some Rs 5 crore, sources said.

They said that the proposal has been approved by the Chief Minister and the amusement park would be shifted to the outskirts of the tourist resort, most probably to nearby Yaner, or Aishmuqam, 17 kilometres from Pahalgam.

Initially, establishment of the amusement park in 2003 had attracted criticism from environmentalists who were of the view that a pristine mountain resort had been spoiled.

One of the biggest concerns of ecological activists was that the dyes from an artificial stream that run into the amusement park’s pool were emptying into Lidder River. Besides, they were of the view that the park was not blending with the scenic beauty of this resort and would definitely pollute this place.

“People come here to enjoy natural beauty and not to get distracted by man-made machines. I don’t know from where the idea to set up this park came,” said an environmentalist, who claimed that even the Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA) was not consulted on the project.

Now the government’s plan of shifting the park is seen as a welcome move. They even suggested some urban area like Islamabad town as the new destination.

Environmentalist Dr Mubashir Jeelani said, “I am not aware about the pouring of dyes into the Lidder River and its quantity. If the quantity is low then due to its dilution effect it would not have any effect but if the quantity is large then the carcinogenic elements present in them would definitely destroy the flora and fauna and also render the water unfit for drinking.”

He suggested collecting these dyes in drums and scientific disposal of other waste products.

Pertinently, the State Pollution Control Board had then directed the government to set an effluent treatment plant in the park to deal with the waste products and also called for more trees to be planted to make the park blend better with the surroundings. Though trees were planted but the effluent treatment plant was never set up.

“I will be soon seeking the status report of the amusement park and see if they are following all the guidelines,” said S Farooq Gillani, Regional Director, Kashmir, State Pollution Control Board.

Despite environmentalists’ concerns, the project has been embraced by common Kashmiris longing for some entertainment. The locals also welcomed the move but now the proposal of shifting the park has let them down and they term it as politically motivated rather than an attempt to save Pahalgam.

“If they are so concerned about the beauty of Pahalgam then they should first stop the construction of illegal huts and hotels and also stop the pouring of waste into the Lidder by big hotels and restaurants,” said a local resident/social worker, Mushtaq Ahmad (pahalgami), adding that the step was aimed to benefit the cohorts of some local politicians.

“Aishmuqam and Yaner where the government is planning to shift the park are in no way urban areas. Lidder River passes from these two places too and would disturb the environs there too,” he said, adding that the J&K Bank had planted many trees around the area and is taking care of the wastes scientifically.

Absence of Degree College

Pahalgam youth leave studies mid-way; parents dismayed

KHALID GUL

Pahalgam, Feb 5: The inhabitants of Pahalgam in South Kashmir’s Islamabad (Anantnag) district have urged the government to establish a degree college in the area saying that many students were not pursuing higher education due to the absence of such an institution.

 According to the resident, the students from this area have to travel to Islamabad (Anantnag) town, 45 kilometers away, for higher studies after passing 10+2.

 “The establishment of the degree college in Pahalgam Tehsil has been our long pending demand, but the response of the authorities has always been cold,” said the residents.

 They said it was virtually impossible for the students hailing from remote areas of Aru, Frislan, Chandanwari, Sheikhpora and Ovura Nallah to first reach Pahalgam and then again board a bus to Islamabad town to reach the Degree College everyday.

 “The absence of the college is telling upon the education scenario of the area. Most of the students in these remote areas after passing 10+2 are forced to leave the studies as they can’t afford to go to the Degree College in Islamabad (Anantnag) town,” said Mushtaq Ahmad Pahalgami, a resident.

 The Pahalgam, he said, was perhaps the only Tehsil in the entire state which despite its vast area and huge population has been denied a Degree College.

 “Every Tehsil in the Islamabad (Anantnag) district except ours has Degree College and though recently government approved 22 more in the state, but we were again denied the same,” said Mushtaq Pahalgami.

 The residents of the Dochnipora and Khowripora belt of the Tehsil too say that their children were suffering in the absence of a degree college. “It almost takes us more than three hours to reach the college in Islamabad (Anantnag) and by the time we reach there most of the classes are already over,” said students from Hapatnar, Yashinar and Nagbal adding the situation gets worse during winter season.

 They said many of the students of the area are left with no choice rather to pursue the degrees through distance mode or go for private examination.“The college should be established at such a place in the Tehsil which would be convenient to all and will be centrally located too,” they added.

Pahalgam residents seek upgradation of dispensary

'Lack of staff affecting patient care'

KHALID GUL

Pahalgam, Feb 5/2012: Despite being the favorite destination of majority of the tourists visiting Kashmir and the transit point for lakhs of Hindu pilgrims visiting the Amar Nath Shrine annually, this world famous tourist resort is still without a full fledged hospital.

Besides, being the Tehsil headquarters and highly populated and vast area, the government, according to the locals, has never bothered to upgrade the only allopathic dispensary into a Primary Health Centre (PHC) or Community Health Centre (CHC) not to speak of a sub-district hospital.

“Though more than half of the population of Pahalgam Tehsil resides in and around it only, but the government instead of giving priority for setting up of the sub-district hospital in the area preferred Seer Hamdan, which is 30 Kilometers from here and has proximity to Islamabad town,” said a resident Mushtaq Ahmad Pahalgami.

He said, though the CHC’S and PHC’s have even been set-up in small villages, but Pahalgam had been ignored.

The dispensary also caters to the population of the upper areas of Frislan, Aru, Mandilan, Ganeshbal, Mamal, Lidru and other areas too, but the residents say that due to the dearth of staff and machinery, the dispensary, hardly serves any purpose.

“It is very difficult for the people from upper reaches to rush emergency patients or delivery cases to Seer, and most of them die on their way,” said pahalgami, another resident.

Furthermore, residents alleged that the doctors and paramedics are deputed in the dispensary only during the annual Yatra period while, the rest of the year, only one doctors and eight paramedics manage the dispensary.

“A lady doctor who was posted here was transferred in August last year and since then there is only one doctor available in the dispensary. At times the paramedic staff manages the Out Patient Department (OPD),” the aggrieved residents told Greater Kashmir.

They said that during Yatra period, doctors compete for posting in Pahalgam as they get every kind of privilege, but as the Yatra concludes, the local patients are left at the mercy of God.

“There are no specialists here and though the dispensary consists of 100 beds, but they are specially meant for the Yatris and not for the local population,” say residents adding that the dispensary is even without an X-ray technician.

The residents are also unhappy over the recent move of the authorities concerned to keep the administrative control of the dispensary with Sallar instead of Mattan. They are also demanding that the dispensary here should be upgraded to emergency hospital or else there should be a separate medical block for Pahalgam.

“As lakhs of tourists and pilgrims arrive here every year so instead of focusing on make shift arrangements during the Yatra period only, the government should establish an emergency hospital here so that tourists, yatris and locals all are equally benefited,” said pahalgami.

Pahalgami said the operation theatre also remains functional during the Yatra period only.

When contacted, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Islamabad (Anantnag), Dr. Gulzar Ahmad said, “The proposal for the up gradation of the dispensary to Sub-district hospital has been formulated and the papers have already been moved. This year the hospital is likely to get Community Health Centre (CHC) status.”

However, he said the present infrastructure of the hospital was at par with any sub-district hospital except for the shortage of manpower.

Regarding the shortage of doctors, Dr. Gulzar said, a doctor would be deputed there soon.

Mar 16: Union Health Minister  Ghulam Nabi Azad has sanctioned 12 new hospital projects for Jammu and Kashmir.

 According to statement, the estimated cost of these projects is Rs 232.00 crore and as a first installment the Union Health Ministry has released Rs 45.00 crore.

 The statement said two maternity hospitals, one each for Jammu and Srinagar have been sanctioned by the Union Health Ministry over and above the resource entitlement of the state.

 The projects which have been sanctioned are District hospital  at Samba, Pulwama and Bandipora.

 The Sub-District Hospitals  are Akhnoor, Gundoh, R.S. Pura, Bishnah, Banihal, Kangan, Hajin, Pahalgam and Chanapora.

 Pertinently six newly sanctioned hospitals fall in Jammu division and six in Kashmir.

 The statement added that the balance funds for these projects shall be released on the receipt of Utilization Certificates from the State Government, in the next financial year.

 “It is expected that these hospital projects shall be completed within a period of two years,” Azad said.

 “After the upgradation of Samba, Pulwama and Bandipora as fullfledged districts in 2007, an ardent need of constructing new district hospitals was being felt and the current decision shall go along with in fulfilling that need. Significantly the new hospital at Pahalgam has been sanctioned after almost five decades and this hospital shall cater to the needs of yatris, tourists as well as the local residents.”

Peoples of Pahalgam like Pahalgam Tent/Travel Opperators Union Pahalgam,Peoples Welfare Organization Pahalgam,Tourist Taxi Stand Pahalgam,Shopkeepers Assocation Pahalgam,Lidder Valley Photographer Opperators Union,Tourist Taxi Stand Pahalgam,Pony Walla Opperators Union Pahalgam etc and common masses from pahalgam valley thank to Jenab Ghulam Nabi Azad Sahab former chief minister state of Jammu and

Kashmir and minister for health and family welfare union of india for sanctioning a sub district hospital for world famous tourist resort pahalgam,as it was a long cherished demand of the people of this havenly(Lidder Valley). We are highly greatful to Jenab Ghulam Nabi Azad Sahab who felt the sentiments of the people and sanctioned this hospital in general for the tourists,yatries and in particular for the people belonging to pahalgam and both the areas of pahalgam valley known as Dachnipora and Khovripora.We people of this havenly valley for in debt of UPA chair person Smt Sonia Gandhi,Hon,ble prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh,Shri Rahul Gandhi,especialy to beloved leader and union minister for health jenab Ghulam Nabi Azad Sahab who have gifted us this kind of hospital by way of generous financial assistance from goverment of india.We are also thankful to Hon,ble Chief Minister Of Jammu and Kashmir Jenab Omar Abdullah Sahab and Prof Saif ud din Soz Sahab who during his visit to pahalgam last year promised the deputation of the senior citizens of pahalgam to take up this important issue with union health ministry and also with state goverment.We are greatful to Shri Sham Lal Sharma Ji Hon,ble Minister for health by his efforts we are geting this Sub District Hospital for Pahalgam,we the people of Pahalgam Valley also thank Greater Kashmir's Khalid Gul,Kashmir Times Shabir Ali who raise issue time to time on print media,thank Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee,Gulzar Ahmad Wani Sb District president congress ananthnag,especially our dynamic leader Social Activest Mushtaq Pahalgami, who always strongly damoneded a Sub District hospital For Pahalgam.It is noteworthy to mention that a long pending demand of the people of Pahalgam Valley the respective areas has been fullfiled with the sanction of pahalgam hospital project.significantly the hospital at pahalgam has been sanctioned/upgraded after almost 60 years and this hospital shall cater to the needs of yatris,tourists,as well as the local residents of Pahalgam

Environment hazard

GK News

The Pahalgam Panikhar Kargil road project will threaten environment and ecological balance in the region, besides destroying the entire

himalayan range. Before proceeding, government must think about the consequences.

Mushtaq Pahalgami

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Pahalgam residents hail DDC Anantnag

Pahalgam, June 18.2012 GK:  Residents of Pahalgam Monday hailed the efforts of district administration Islamabad (Anantnag) for its “proactive approach” in reviewing and monitoring the arrangements for the Amarnath Yatra.

 Mushtaq Pahalgami, a local  said “It is for the first time we have observed the district administration taking proactive initiatives to interact with all the service providers and facilitators working day and night to ensure  hassle free Yatra.”

 “The District Development Commissioner Islamabad (Anantnag)  is personally monitoring the arrangements,” Pahalgami said.

 Pertinently the DDC recently visited Sheshnag to take stock of the arrangements for the pilgrimage.  He was accompanied by SSP Islamabad (Anantnag) RK Jalla and ADC.

 The DDC later held a detailed meeting with officials of Pahalgam Development Authority, Shrine board, PHE, CAPD, R&B, Police and other Departments and asked them to ensure smooth and hassle free yatra.

Construction of Amarnath road: Tentwallas, ponywallas oppose

KT NEWS SERVICE   

SRINAGAR, Aug 25/2012: The ponywallas and tent walls in Pahalgam today opposed any move to construct a road up to Amarnath cave.

Their opposition followed the tough stance adopted by the separatists and some groups of civil society.

Recently the media had reported that supreme court has directed the centre and state government to construct a road to Amarnath cave. After the opposition by separatists and civil society, the state government denied that there was any plan to construct the court. They also refuted media reports regarding the supreme court directive in this direction.

However, today hundreds of ponywallas and tentwallas held a meeting at Pahalgam and opposed construction of road saying it would adversely affect their livelihood. They also accused the shrine board of adopting discriminatory attitude towards them.

“The construction of the road to the cave will deprive thousands of families of their livelihood. Many tentwallas and ponywallas who are the lone bread winners of their families have been associated with the pilgrimage since decades and if the routes to the cave are made motorable they along with their families will die of starvation,” said

president of the TTOA, Mushtaq Ahmad Magray (Pahalgami).

He also criticized the shrine board. “It is the local tentwallas and ponywallas who have been managing the Yatra since decades but it seems that the shrine board and the state authorities want to make it purely a Hindu affair at the cost of the livelihood of thousands of families ignoring their efforts in managing the Yatra in the times of crisis,” Mohammad Anwar Shah.

        Tent wallas oppose new permission procedure by SASB

SHABIR AHMAD Kashmir Times   

SRINAGAR, Nov 18/2012: Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) has issued fresh directions to tent wallas about permission process.

Hundreds of tent and travel operators who held a meeting at Pahalgam today complained that the

shrine board has put hard conditions for them for erection of tents during the next yatra. They gave a seven day deadline to the SASB for taking back all the conditions, which they allege are only aimed at keeping them away from the yatra affair.

SASB few days back has issued the notification in a local daily asking the tent wallas to submit their documents for the permission by December 25. The tent wallas have also been asked to purchase new particular brand of tents to be erected during the yatra. The notification reads that one family will be given permission for only two tents.

Secretary of the tent and travel operators association, Mohammad Ishaq, alleged that SASB is trying to keep the locals away from the yatra and that is why they come up with the new hard conditions for them every year.

“The notification for permission of stalls or tents at yatra base camps or en-route cave shrine was issued only a month before the commencement of yatra but this time the board is asking us to apply for permission 6 months ago which speaks of their evil intention,” he said.

The secretary stated that most of the youth associated with yatra go to other states during winter season in connection with shawl business. “SASB knows that the youth being outside these days can not apply by the last date which has been fixed as December 25 and thus issued notification,” Khan added.

President of the association, Mushtaq Pahalgami, said that SASB’s fresh diktat to them to purchase new brand of tents for the yatra has no justification. “SASB few days back displayed a tent at base camp

Nunwan and asked all the tent wallas to purchase the same tents. The cost of tent is too much to bear for a poor tent walla who earns hardly Rs 10, 000 to 15, 000 during the entire yatra season,” he said.

The tent operators threatened to launch agitation if SASB does not end the conditions laid by them in the notification.