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CEO PDA imposes restriction on Cooking, lighting of fire in Patnitop area

UDHAMPUR, June 7: Patnitop had been witnessing a huge rush of tourists and a large number of tourists were seen cooking food, lighting fire and throwing garbage/waste in the forest areas which is detrimental to the forest ecosystem and can also result in major forest fires and human tragedy.

In this connection, it has also been observed that tourists carry banned items like plastic, polythene and other plastic items etc, which they throw in the open forest area posing fire threat and environmental hazard, pollution, choking of lanes/drains besides creating lot of nuisance and damaging the reputation of resort as well as authority/tourism department.

In order to curb this act of blatant use of fire and use of polythene and other plastic materials in the environment sensitive zone and world famous resort, Executive Magistrate 1st Class (Chief Executive Officer) Patnitop Development Authority (PDA), Sher Singh, in exercise of powers conferred upon him under section 133 Cr. PC imposed complete ban on cooking, lighting of fire, throwing of garbage/waste, use of polythene and other plastic materials etc in Patnitop and areas around.

DFO Batote/Udhampur, Deputy Director Forest Protection Force, SHO Kud/Batote, Khilafwarzi Wing of PDA has been asked to keep strict vigil in the area.