Sharma Directs For Restoring Pristine Glory Of Dal

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SRINAGAR — The Minister for Housing and Urban Devel­opment, Sat Sharma on Tues­day directed the officers to ensure that the pristine glory of the world-famous Dal lake is restored maintaining that it is imperative for maintain­ing the ecology of the Valley.

The minister was address­ing officers during a review meeting of the Jammu and Kashmir Lakes and water­ways development Author­ity (JKLAWDA) here.

Minister of state for Hous­ing and urban development Asiea Naqash, Financial Commissioner, Housing and Urban Development, K B Agarwal, Vice Chairman, LAWDA and other senior of­ficers were also present.

The Minister while di­recting the officers to syn­ergize their efforts to ensure proper conservation of the world-famous Dal Lake, said that it is a part of our heri­tage and also important for the sustenance of our ecol­ogy, so it is imperative that we should all be contribut­ing our bit in ensuring that the endeavors of the govern­ment for its preservation are made a success. He said that the projects being undertak­en by the state and central government should be com­pleted within the stipulated time frame so that it is scien­tifically conserved.

While taking a serious notice of the encroach­ments being done along the periphery, the Minister directed the VC LAWDA to ensure that the practice is arrested immediately and action be initiated against the encroachers. He said they should film the areas of the Dal Lake and its catch­ment areas so that the au­thorities would be having a ready referral material for the actual land use and the encroachments being done.

He said that since judi­ciary is also monitoring the same it is imperative that we should be very strict viz-a-viz the encroachments and safeguarding the actual area of the Dal Lake.

Sat Sharma also directed the officers to come up with the requisite notification by virtue of which no construction zones can be properly notified and people made aware about the same. He said that the

While asking the officers to undertake a massive de-weeding exercise, the minis­ter said that the same would ensure that the water body is cleaned and the algal growth and other related things are checked. He said that the judicious use of manpower for manual de-weeding and those of mechanical de-weeders should also be done.

The Minister also di­rected the VC to undertake massive awareness pro­grammes to educate the peo­ple about the importance of conserving the Lake and the measures being taken for the same. He said that the officers should under­take massive visits to keep themselves abreast about the implementation of the government’s initiatives, besides getting the requisite feedback about their status

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