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Wildlife and animal husbandry department officials conducting the post-mortem of the migratory birds at Pong Dam wetland.(HT Photo)

Sale of poultry, fish banned in four sub divisions of Kangra district to control bird flu spread

Hindustan Times, Dharamshala | By Naresh K Thakur
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 01:05 AM IST
After lab reports confirm H5N1 virus led to death of over 2,500 migratory birds at Pong Dam in a week, strict curbs, including fine of 50,000, imposed in adjoining Fatehpur, Dehra, Jawali and Indora sub divisions.
Sanitisation underway at Chhatbir Zoo in Mohali district near Chandigarh.(Gurminder Singh/HT file photo)
Sanitisation underway at Chhatbir Zoo in Mohali district near Chandigarh.(Gurminder Singh/HT file photo)

Zoos on alert across the country after bird flu deaths in Himachal

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Pawan Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 10:50 AM IST
Central Zoo Authority rolls out advisory after large-scale death of migratory birds in Kangra’s Pong Dam wetland due to avian influenza and poultry in Panchkula’s Barwala belt.
Wildlife officials collecting carcasses of birds that died under mysterious circumstances in the Pong wetland in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh over the past week.(HT Photo)
Wildlife officials collecting carcasses of birds that died under mysterious circumstances in the Pong wetland in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh over the past week.(HT Photo)

Avian flu causing migratory birds’ death at HP’s Pong Dam, toll rises to 2,400

Hindustan Times, Dharamshala | By Naresh K Thakur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:54 PM IST
Lab reports expected on Tuesday, while post-mortem reports rule out poisoning
A flock of migratory birds take flight at Harike Pattan wetlands on the border of Ferozepur and Tarn Taran districts of Punjab.(Photo courtesy Ferozepur divisional forest officer, wildlife, Nalin Yadav)
A flock of migratory birds take flight at Harike Pattan wetlands on the border of Ferozepur and Tarn Taran districts of Punjab.(Photo courtesy Ferozepur divisional forest officer, wildlife, Nalin Yadav)

Punjab’s Harike Pattan wetland on alert after bird deaths at Pong Dam in Himachal

Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By Vishal Joshi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 12:28 PM IST
Ferozepur divisional forest officer, wildlife, says an estimated 60,000 migratory birds are already at Harike on the border of Ferozepur and Tarn Taran districts, where the Sutlej and Beas rivers merge, though no avian casualty has been reported yet.
The Pong Dam reservoir in Kangra district. Construction of the dam started in 1961 on the Beas river, so that waters from its reservoir could be taken to the desert of Rajasthan and feed the extensive network of canal irrigation system there.(HT Photo)
The Pong Dam reservoir in Kangra district. Construction of the dam started in 1961 on the Beas river, so that waters from its reservoir could be taken to the desert of Rajasthan and feed the extensive network of canal irrigation system there.(HT Photo)

Five decades on, Pong Dam oustees await rehabilitation

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Naresh Thakur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2020 05:23 PM IST
A total area of 75,000 acres, spread over 94 villages in Nurpur and Dehra tehsils in Himachal Pradesh, was acquired displacing 20,722 families and a population of 1.5 lakh.
At Rajasthan’s Sambhar lake, the carcasses of close to 18,000 migratory birds have been found since November 10.(PTI Photo)
At Rajasthan’s Sambhar lake, the carcasses of close to 18,000 migratory birds have been found since November 10.(PTI Photo)

Rajasthan’s Sambhar lake, where 18,000 birds died, among worst wetlands in India

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Rakesh Goswami
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2019 04:09 PM IST
Sambhar lake is among the eight worst-rated wetlands in the country when it comes to ecosystem management , according to a draft report prepared by the environment ministry in consultation with several independent experts.
SThe release of excess water from Pong Dam, which is located on Beas river, may create a flood-like situation in parts of Punjab, some areas of which are already facing floods after release of excess water from the Bhakra Dam a few days ago.(HT File)
SThe release of excess water from Pong Dam, which is located on Beas river, may create a flood-like situation in parts of Punjab, some areas of which are already facing floods after release of excess water from the Bhakra Dam a few days ago.(HT File)

BBMB to release 26,000 cusecs water from Pong Dam today, alert sounded

Hindustan Times, Dharamshala | By Naresh Kumar
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 10:46 PM IST
The water level in Pong Dam reservoir was recorded at 1,386.02 feet on Tuesday noon, which is very close to the danger mark of 1,390 feet.
BBMB chairman DK Sharma maintained that authorities will continue to release 19,000 cusecs of water from the flood gates.(HT image)
BBMB chairman DK Sharma maintained that authorities will continue to release 19,000 cusecs of water from the flood gates.(HT image)

BBMB decides against releasing more water

NANGAL | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2019 09:47 AM IST
After the water level crossed the 1,974 feet mark, BBMB released 19,000 cusecs of water through flood gates of the dam two days ago. In addition to this, 36,000 cusecs water is already being released through turbines.
Once a beautiful village in Kangra, Kuther was submerged after construction of Pong Dam. The people affected by the dam were promised rehabilitation in Rajasthan but that never happened.(HT Photo)
Once a beautiful village in Kangra, Kuther was submerged after construction of Pong Dam. The people affected by the dam were promised rehabilitation in Rajasthan but that never happened.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Two Himachal polling booths differ in topography, but share similar plight

Hindustan Times, Dharamshala | By Naresh K Thakur
PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2019 02:13 PM IST
Accessibility is the one giant problem facing both Bara-Bhagal as well as Kuther polling booths of Himachal Pradesh. One has to trek for three days to reach BaraBhangal, while Kuther, an island in Pong Lake, is accessible only by crossing the dam water on locally made boats.
The water level of river Beas has risen following heavy rains and even washed away portions of national highway in Kullu District, India on Monday, Sept 24, 2018.(Aqil Khan / HT Photo)
The water level of river Beas has risen following heavy rains and even washed away portions of national highway in Kullu District, India on Monday, Sept 24, 2018.(Aqil Khan / HT Photo)

49,000 cusecs water from Pong dam in Himachal to be released on Tuesday, people told to remain cautious

Shimla | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2018 10:58 AM IST
The Bhakra Beas Management Board authorities said water in the dam reservoir had reached a height of 1,385 feet, which was very close to danger mark of 1,390 feet.
For the first time in a decade, two of Sukhna lake’s floodgates were opened by the administration after incessant rain in Chandigarh on Monday.(Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
For the first time in a decade, two of Sukhna lake’s floodgates were opened by the administration after incessant rain in Chandigarh on Monday.(Sanjeev Sharma/HT)

Incessant rain: Pong dam water to be released in Beas river, high alert sounded in Punjab

Hindustan Times, Jalandhar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2018 09:09 AM IST
Heavy rain has resulted in rising of water in Pong dam and river Beas, causing panic among people living in its vicinity in Dasuya and Mukerian sub-divisions of the district.
(HT File)
(HT File)

Bodies of 2 sisters with their hands tied found in Pong Dam reservoir

Hindustan Times, Jalandhar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2018 12:00 PM IST
Police alerted after a man noticed floating bodies.
Chadha Sugar Mill in Gurdaspur district from which molasses spilled into the Beas recently.(HT File)
Chadha Sugar Mill in Gurdaspur district from which molasses spilled into the Beas recently.(HT File)

PPCB directs Chadha Sugar Mill to build wall along drain to stop spill

Hindustan Times, Amritsar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2018 11:30 AM IST
Officials of board, wildlife dept and WWE experts visit spot where spill took place; say aquatic species have started coming back from upstream.
Chadha Sugar Industries Private Limited at Kiri Afgana village in Gurdaspur district.(HT Photo)
Chadha Sugar Industries Private Limited at Kiri Afgana village in Gurdaspur district.(HT Photo)

Gurdaspur sugar mill sealed, fined Rs 25 lakh over deaths of fish

Hindustan Times, Amritsar/Patiala | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2018 10:32 PM IST
The mill officials denied any wrongdoing and said they had written to the National Sugar Institute in Kanpur to find the root cause of the incident and evolve preventive measures.
The Bhakra dam power project at Bilaspur district near the border of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.(HT File Photo)
The Bhakra dam power project at Bilaspur district near the border of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.(HT File Photo)

Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan asked to use water judiciously

Press Trust of India, Chandigarh | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2018 10:18 PM IST
A technical committee meeting attended by representatives of the three states was held here to decide about the water release.
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