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Monday, April 6, 2020

Amid Covid-19 scare people worries of Russian poplar pollen looms large in Ganderbal

By: Hadi Hidayat

Ganderbal: As whole world and valley is grappling with Covid-19 spread, new challenge is about to come up in Kashmir as pollen season of Russian poplar is about to begin, which is often considered cause of health hazard here.

Although High Court's order in 2015 to axe the Russian poplars across valley, district administration Ganderbal has failed to axe the banned poplar trees over the years.

Shedding of harmful pollen is causing inconveniences and infections in various area of Ganderbal which include Bhat Mohalla Bonzilla, Machan Haripora, Police colony, Beacon headquarter Haripora, Kangan, Margund, Cherwan, Mamar, Babosi Pora Arch, Nunnar,Tangchatter, Akhal, Ganiwan, wussan, manigam, shallbugh, Harran and Bamloora.

“This pollen problem has engulfed many areas where the Russian poplars have been planted. The locals are the worst effected  by it, who develop respiratory  complications due to this pollen dust,” Ghulam Mohammad a resident of tangchatter told this reporter over phone.

Civil society Ganderbal, Kangan, social activists and locals have appealed higher authorities to take this issue seriously and implement High Court orders to stem the rising rate of allergy and infection.

The problem is worsening in these days as these poplars are in full bloom with pollen dust, Thus increasing the chances of infections and allergies especially in childrens and old aged.

It's pertinent to mention here that these trees are being spotted under the nose of District administration, which includes vicinity of CMO office.

This month, Deputy commissioner Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal directed all the tehsildars of Ganderbal for the removal of such trees across the district nothing concrete has been done.

Despite many attempts to contact Deputy commissioner Ganderbal for comments remains unfruitful.

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