A stakeholder approach must be adopted in resolving illegal settlements around Dal

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This refers to the incident happened in interior areas of Srinagar including Nigeen and Dal lake when people of there were protesting against government’s Anti-demolition drive. As per The government they have illegally constructed their dwellings and houses around Dal lake and Nigeen lake. While protesting, a minor boy of age 15 set ablaze in fire himself as a mark of protest and he got several injuries and then was referred to Rainawari hospital for treatment and then shifted to SKIMS Soura Srinagar.But here we saw that while having this whole scene, policemen were acting as mute spectators and they even not try to save him instead; they watched him silently. This very unfortunate that instead of having the duty of safety and protection of its citizens, police is against this concept and media men were busy in making this headlines  of their respective newspapers and news channels. One thing here i will mention that government is doing a great job by demolishing illegal structures and that is welcome step but is government serious in rehabilitating them to shift to some other places and helping them to construct their houses? As these people are very much poor and hence cant afford getting land and construct their new houses.

I would like to mention here one more thing that if government is demolishing illegal structures, then what about  government buildings and offices-Santoor hotel,etc. Why they are not demolishing these illegal structures?

No doubt this is a major concern that Dal lake and other water bodies are shrinking day by day at a high rate affecting our water resources and also affecting Animal and plant species in water bodies but this does not mean they will only demolish those illegal structures on which poor and hardworking people are relying and other government  offices and big hotels and restaurants will not be demolished.

The Constitution is same for all whether poor or rich,  normal or abnormal, etc.The best way for the govt is to demolish all illegal structures around Dal lake which is actually the part of Dal lake and rehabilitate the people of there and shift them to some other places where they can live their life happily and comfortably And accordingly Government t offices should be shifted to other legal areas.

Here one thing to be mentioned very seriously is that as most of the people around Dal Lake who have constructed their houses there are mostly dependent on Dal lake by its various ways like fishing, Various varieties of vegetables including famous Nadru and more importantly they  carry tourists in their boats from one end of the Dal Lake to another end and thus were earning their livelihoods but when they will be evacuated from there and shifted to other areas. There they will face hardships in earning their livelihoods as they are dependent on Dal Lake in various ways. So govrnment has to set a framework regarding this issue and after discussions and meetings, a fruitful result will come because if government will take these steps in a hurry, then they will face agitations and only agitations. So better is to have  mutual discussions between these people and government to meet the demands of these people regarding their shelter and make possible arrangements for their Shelter and land and also made colonies for them at other places as these people are mostly belonging to poor background. After that governmentt will not face any hurdles in the demolition process and the process will go on peacefully.

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