‘LAWDA cleans one Water body to pollute another’

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SRINAGAR: LAWDA (Lakes and Waterways Development Authority) which upholds the responsibility of cleaning water bodies in Kashmir have been accused of flushing the garbage of Tsuntku’al into River Jehlum which was projected to be dumped at a planned site.

Tariq Ahmad Patloo, a social worker involved in restoration of Dal Lake and  other water bodies in Kashmir under the banner’ Mission Dal Lake’ posted a message on social networking site Facebook urging people to join hands for the cleanliness of polluted Tsuntku’al (Chinar bagh) water body. This proposed campaign was fixed after 26th January.

“On 25th January, I saw few machines put into service by LAWDA for cleaning Tsuntku’al, possibly after my Facebook appeal made on January 21st. However, after a timely observation I was shocked to see these machines pushing heaps of mounted garbage from sideways to the middle of Tsuntku’al.” Tariq said.

“The garbage of Tsuntku’al was let flow into river Jehlum by LAWDA officials by 4pm after unlocking gates at Ram Munshi Bagh, making clear violations of the Honorable High Court of Jammu and Kashmir which explicitly prohibits such activities from its previous orders. I have the footage of the whole episode in my mobile camera as a substantial proof,” he further added.

Being serious about follow up against the LAWDA executives, Tariq Ahmad Patloo has already filed an application of FIR at SSP Kashmir’s office, dated 28-01-2016. Tariq hopes police acts on his complaint without further delay. 

Approaching the authorities about the affair, Vice Chairman LAWDA Dr. Sarmad Hafeez said, “I don’t know anything about dumping of garbage of Tsuntku’al into river Jhelum. The concerned person must come to me and produce his evidences. I assure that the action shall be taken against the responsible officials.”

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