Disappointed With LAWDA’s Performance, Locals Start Cleanliness Drive In Dal

0Shares

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 what’s 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 lake’s 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)

Be Part of Quality Journalism

Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.

ACT NOW
MONTHLYRs 100
YEARLYRs 1000
LIFETIMERs 10000

CLICK FOR DETAILS


Observer News Service

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

KO SUPPLEMENTS