"A scene in Châ´¥au Wood, Ypres, Belgium, 29th October, 1917. The Battle of Passchendaele was a campaign of WWI, fought by the British and their allies against the German Empire. The battle took place on the Western Front, between July and November 1917, for control of the ridges south and east of the Belgian city of Ypres in West Flanders. Passchendaele lay on the last ridge east of Ypres, five miles from a railway junction at Roeselare, which was a vital part of the supply system of the German Fourth Army. The resistance of the German Fourth Army, unusually wet weather, the onset of winter and the diversion of British and French resources to Italy, allowed the Germans to avoid a general withdrawal. The campaign ended in November when the Canadian Corps captured Passchendaele. In his memoirs (1938) Lloyd George, British Prime Minister during WWI, wrote, ""Passchendaele was indeed one of the greatest disasters of the war ... No soldier of any intelligence now defends this senseless campaign ..."""     Date: 1917

Jammu: Nortern Region Strengthening Scheme (NRSS)-29, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) of M/s Sterlite Power is constructing a 400 KV Transmission line project form Samba to Amargarh in the state of J&K. The sterlite company along with their contractor Tata projects has been continuously violating rules of various guidelines on wildlife sanctuary by making foundations with the help of JCB’s and other heavy machineries, without getting prior approval of wildlife department. The j&k wildlife department has imposed a penalty of 2.47 crs on these companies but these companies havent pay a single penny of the amount. Moreover this penalty is initial and the full amount of the penalty is yet to be decided by the committee framed by the state government.
In part also Sterlite power was in limelight for this project due to various scoundrel activities i.e violation of forests, cutting of walnut trees in Srinagar section without having proper permissions from concerned department and now again they are in limelight by starting blasting in the hirpora wildlife sanctuary shopian without getting approval of state wildlife department. The act of blasting in any wildlife area in totally illegal and a serious offence which is need to be investigated.
As confirmes by State wildlife department, niether Sterlite nor tata projects have requested for the approval of blasting, on the other hand they are continuously violating rules and guidelines set by our prestigious institutions. Moreover local administration is watching all these wrongdoings as a mute spectator. In addition to this PMO wrote a letter to Chief Wildlife Warden J&K to check and stop tjese violations immediately.But till date there is not any action seen on the ground from these governing bodies. This blasting will directly cause harm to various animals living in the hirpora wildlife sanctuary like Markhor and other endangered species.
From the series of these unfavourable incidents, it is believed that Sterlite and Tata Projects are doing all these wrongdoings for early completion of their project without bothering about any rules and safety of animals and environmental, ecological balance. Once commissioned, company will generate huge revenue from this project. To meet their insatiable desires, company is not complying with the rules and regulations of the state thus there are number of violations. To curb these type of situations in future, proper investigation should be carried out to restore the faith and confidence of people and for stopping the company’s illict working

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