Srinagar: Disappointed with the functioning and performance of Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA), the locals under the banner of Ashai Bagh to Saida Kadal Development Committee started a cleanliness drive in world famous Dal Lake.
The locals told CNS that in the first round, scores of people carried out the cleaning work. Scores of boats were used for uprooting weeds and removing polythene amid chill and rain. Dal is our life line and it has been dying. Though, it is known worldwide for its serene beauty. But whats not so well known is that the lake is getting choked by an increasing web of weeds (Azolla, algae, lilypads, other wild weeds, garbage). This is causing problems for the people for whom the lake is home, they said.
Eyewitnesses said that the cleanliness drive continued for hours and during this period several kilograms of polythene, plastic bottles and other harmful substances were removed from the lake. Though LAWDA was created in 1997 to restore the pristine glory of this lake, but it has miserably failed. The irony is that LAWDA till date has not been able to draw a clear map of this lake, the people who were part of the cleanliness drive said.
The locals said that if thick mats of Azolla that block sunlight to the lakes flora and fauna are not removed, Dal will dye its own death and LAWDA will be solely responsible for this destruction. They said that cleanliness drive will continue. They said that the in absence of scientific drainage system, Dal is getting polluted at a breakneck. (CNS)
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