Committee on Estimates recommends preservation and development of Lakes

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Srinagar – The Committee on Estimates (EC) of J&K Legislative Assembly Thursday recommended preservation and development of Khushalsir, Anacharsir and Nigeen Lake.

The panel directed the Housing and Urban Development Department (H&UDD) to prepare Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) immediately. It directed officers of H&UDD to gear up their field functionaries for speeding up the pace of work on all ongoing projects including Sewerage Treatment Plants(STPs) taken in hand for conservation of  Dal Lake and complete them in a stipulated time frame.

The Committee observed that the money allocated for the conservation and development of Dal Lake should be utilized properly and judiciously. It stressed for restoration of this prestigious world famous Dal Lake. 

Committee decided to have on the spot inspection of Dal Lake to take stock of measures taken by the LAWDA for the conservation and protection of said lake in the next week.

Principal Secretary, H&UDD Mr. Suresh Kumar Sharma briefed the Committee about the physical and financial achievements registered by the Lake and Water Ways Development Authority (LAWDA) for the conservation of Dal Lake. He informed that Rs. 346 crore have been incurred on the project out of an estimated cost of Rs. 455 crore so far.

It was informed in the meeting that out of 10 Intermediate Pumping Stations (IPS) to take care of neutralization of Gradient, 5 have been completed and rest 5 are to ready to be connected to STPs Hazaratbal, Habak, Laam (Nishat), Brari Numbal and Nallah Amir Khan for establishing around the Dal Lake which will help to plug the contaminated water into Dal Lake.

Chairman of EC, Ch. Mohammad Ramzan including its Members Hakeem Mohammad Yasin, A. R. Veeri, Abdul Gaffar Sofi Ashwani Kumar, Sharma, Mohammad Yasin Shah, Ch. Zulfikar Ali and Mr. Mohammad Ashraf  Mir gave their valuable suggestions for the improvement of Dal Lake.

Among others, Vice Chairman, LAWDA, Irfan Ahmed Shah and other concerned officers of H&UDD besides senior officers of Assembly Secretariat attended the meeting.   

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