Srinagar Lakes

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Most of the Srinagar lakes and other water bodies are dying slowly with authorities having no time frame for the restoration of such water bodies. Apart from Dal Lake, many other lakes, like the Nageen Lake needs the attention of authorities though the people living around and inside the lake have done their own efforts to clean this lake.

Pokhrabal, a part of Nageen Lake is a cesspool and LAWDA has yet to clean this area of the lake. Similarly another danger area is the Brari Nambal lagoon of Dal Lake which is on the verge of extinction. These two important areas of Dal and Nageen lakes are yet to be treated by the LAWDA. Despite Government transferred thousands of kanals of land at Bemina on outskirts of Srinagar to LAWDA, very little has been done to utilize this land for the rehabilitation. According to the figures available with LAWDA hundreds families have been rehabilitated out of the Dal Lake and rest of the families are to be taken out of the Dal Lake. Very little is being done by the government to retrieve dying Dal Lake. There is urgent need to formulate water quality standards for this water body, but no one listens.

Planning Commission of India and many Central teams who have taken a stock of the Dal Project are not satisfied with the pace of work and the direction of LAWDA to preserve Dal Lake for posterity. LAWDA has remained in news right from its creation in 1997 till date for all wrong reasons. Despite their claims, it seems that J&K Government should take some steps to preserve Dal Lake. Environmentalists and Scientists urge government to handover Dal Conservation Project to some International Conservation Firm on turnkey basis to save it.

Will the Governor’s administration be able to hand over the water bodies of Kashmir including Dal Lake and Wullar Lake to some international conservation firm so that these water bodies are saved for future generations without any further delay.

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