India: The government of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is using satellite imagery to assess damage to Pahalgam’s fragile-eco-system mainly due to increased human interference during the past two decades.
The unregulated flow of tourists has drastically affected the water quality of glacier-fed Lidder River in Pahalgam, reveals a study. According to a study ‘Impact of Tourist influx on Lidder’ conducted by the Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Kashmir, heavy rush of tourists in Pahalgam was responsible for Lidder’s pollution.
Till few years back, Lidder possessed rich variety of floral and faunal species, but experts say that the river is facing threat of extinction due to extensive pollution. The State Pollution Control Board in its reports has also been expressing concern over Pahalgam’s degradation due to unscientific dumping of waste in the resort’s forests and Lidder mainly during the Amarnath pilgrimage.
Source: Greater Kashmir