Dal,Nageen Lake Conservation: Houseboats To Get Biodigester Tank System Soon

SRINAGAR — Tourism Department is mulling providing bio-digester tanks to the houseboat owners in order to provide a technological solution for the houseboat waste management.

Secretary Tourism, Rigzian Sampheal, Saturday held a meeting with a team of scientists from Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to discuss waste management proposals with them.

“The Lake is not only important for tourism but is also the state’s identity which needs to be protected,” Secretary Tourism, while emphasising on the importance keeping the Dal Lake clean, said. “Under Swachh Bharat Mission, the Department of Tourism has taken upon itself to tackle the sanitation issues in and around Dal Lake by finding a holistic solution to the issue.”

A DRDO team is on a visit to Srinagar to conduct a feasibility study of all aspects of the waste management.  

“On the basis of their report, a DPR encompassing solutions to the proper waste management and on installing bio-digester technology will be formulated,” the Secretary said.

Director Tourism Kashmir, Tasaduq Jeelani, informed the meeting that over 900 houseboats are registered with the Department whose eco-friendly waste management is very necessary.

Pertinently, the former Governor N N Vohra, at a meeting convened recently to discuss Dal conservation measures, had called for adopting a multi-pronged strategy, employing both traditional and modern methods, for time-bound restoration of Dal Lake.

While recognizing that Dal Conservation involves sewage treatment, lily extraction, de-weeding, skimming, water treatment, dredging, prevention of encroachments etc Governor expressed dissatisfaction over the pace of conservation measures and called for immediate strengthening and revamping of the Enforcement Wing to ensure against any encroachments in or around the Lake.

He had also called for setting timelines, monitoring the progress of cleaning of the lake and removal of encroachments on day-to-day basis. He had also called for taking measures to plug sewage disposal into the lake from the entire catchment area and directed Vice-Chairman LAWDA to submit daily reports on the extent of surface area of the lake cleaned and how many encroachments have been removed.

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