In 3 months, Kulgam sees 2nd fossil discovery

Govt officials on trekking discover site at Kandimarg

By: Aabid Hameed

Kulgam: For the second time in just three-months, the South Kashmir’s Kulgam district has witnessed the discovery of twin fossil sites. A fresh fossil site has been discovered in Dragdan Kandimarg area in the district.

Earlier, a fossil site was discovered by two lecturers in last week of August this year.

After the passage of three months, another fossil site has been discovered within the district. The site has been discovered by Tehsildar Damhal Hanjipora, a local patwari and a team of education department.

Tehsildar DH Pora, Niyaz Ahmad told Precious Kashmir that it is his habit to explore new places during holidays. “On Sunday last, he along with some other officials were going to Nun-Kul in Kulgam, however, on way, they found some impressions on stones in Kandimarg area and conducted studies on it for hours and we found that it is a fossil site.”

He said that later experts and a team of education department was contacted, who also confirmed that there is fossil site.

Khurshid Ahmad, a lecturer at Government Higher Secondary School Kulgam, who was part of the education team, said that fossil is an impression traced or a body part of an once living organism and as per the study conducted, this fossil is of Palazoic era, which is also known as Devonian period.

He said that this fossil rate is around 250 million-years-old and is rich in medicinal plants also and its discovery is good sign for Geo-tourism.

Patwari, Mukeen Ahmad said that it is a good sign of Geo-tourism and the government must bring area on Geo-tourism map so that it will be help in the development of the area and open job opportunities for local youth.

Locals also demanded the government to bring this area on Geo-tourism map for their upliftment.

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