SRINAGAR – An amount of Rs 3.40 crore is being utilised for construction of two dockyards in the world famous Dal and Nageen Lakes, the major tourist attraction in the summer capital, Srinagar. Officials said that the amount was being spent for construction of two dockyards at Goni Khan and Nandpora Nageen. They said that repair and renovation work of House Boats would be taken up soon after the completion of dockyard projects. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has recently directed officials concerned to realign more than 320 houseboats in the world famous Dal Lake, rehabilitate Dal dwellers and stop people from washing vehicles on the banks. The court had asked owners to shift their houseboats from present position to Western shore of the Lake till November 9. Welcoming the recent court judgement on preservation of the Lake, theHouseboat Owners Association (HBOA) demanded proper plan before houseboats are relocated. The Associations General Secretary Hamid Wangnoo has said, “We are ready to move the houseboats. But Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) needs to sort out this issue first for the smooth execution of the plan.” He said LAWDA has promised that they will provide us hygienic Kitchens and servant quarters which remained a distant dream. The HBOA said that some 320 houseboats will have to shift from their present position which will facilitate easy drainage of the waste coming out from these boats. The court also directed the government to file status report on Dal dwellers rehabilitation and to complete construction of two Sewerage Treatment Plants (STPs) at Brari Numbal and Nuallah Amir Khan and upgrade three others to protect the lake from pollution. The court has directed the LAWDA to file an affidavit about the measures taken to get back 275 kanals of land which was still under encroachment.
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