Governor Takes Stock Of  Dal Lake Conservation Measures

Orders fixing of timelines for tasks to be accomplished urgently for effective conservation, restoration of water bodies

SRINAGAR — Governor, Satya Pal Malik today called for initiating both short and long-term measures for the effective conservation and preservation of the J&K’s water bodies including the Dal Lake.

Chairing a high-level meet­ing at Civil Secretariat here this morning, Governor ordered fix­ing timelines for various tasks to be accomplished urgently for effective conservation and resto­ration measures.

Advisors to Governor, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar & Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam, Financial Commissioner Housing & Ur­ban Development, KB Agarwal; Principal Secretary to Governor, Umang Narula; Divisional Com­missioner Kashmir, Baseer Ah­mad Khan; Vice-Chairman LAW­DA, Dr Abdul Hafeez and other concerned officers were present at the meeting.

Governor called for framing a comprehensive legislative frame­work for conservation of water bodies in the State as these are closely linked to the survival of the people.

Governor made it clear that conservation and restoration of water bodies including Dal- Nageen Lakes will be among the priority areas of his Administra­tion and the Prime Minister, in his Independence Day speech this year, also stressed the urgency of the conservation of this impor­tant water bodies in J&K.

Financial Commissioner, Housing & Urban Development, briefed the Governor in detail about the measures being taken for the conservation of the Dal- Nageen Lakes.

These include procurement of machinery and equipment as already approved by the State Administrative Council (SAC), re­moval of encroachments upgrada­tion of STPs, deweeding and clean­ing of lake surface, installation of Bio-Digesters, restoration and beautification of The Boulevard and relocation of Dal dwellers.

Relocation of Structures

The meeting was informed that giving the varying figures regarding the actual number of structures to be relocated from in and around the Dal Lake on the directions of the High Court, the Government has ordered fresh survey of all such structures to be completed within 10 days un­der the supervision of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir.

Governor directed that the fresh survey should be a com­prehensive updated exercise to identify and enlist, preferably on the basis of Aadhaar number and photograph of the head of each family, each such structure which is to be relocated as a part of the Dal Conservation pro­gram. He said the support of local elected representatives and other stakeholders should be enlisted for the purpose.

Procurement of Machinery

Governor was informed that following the approval the State Administrative Council (SAC), for procurement/hiring of lake cleaning machinery and equip­ment including weed harvesters, skimmers and amphibious exca­vators, the tenders have already been floated in this regard and the process for procurement/pur­chase of machinery is to be com­pleted within next two months.

Further 900 Bio-Digesters at a cumulative cost of Rs 15 crore are to be installed in House Boats in the Lake for treatment of sewage emanating from them.

Deweeding/Skimming

Governor was informed that the number of boats and manpower has been doubled to 1000 and 2000 respectively to expedite manual deweeding/skimmingof the Lake to ensure that the Lake surface is cleared of weeds and hazardous plantation by December 2018.

Governor directed that the Vice-Chairman LAWDA would personally visit the interiors of the Lake regularly to monitor the progress of deweeding and ensure set targets are met within the timeline.

Installation of STPS

Governor was informed that LAWDA has moved a proposal for increasing the capacity of Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) around the Lake from the existing 36 MLD to 50 MLD to ensure that no raw sewage from the catchments goes into the Lake for which Rs 111 crore are needed.

The meeting was informed that drainage and STP network in being strengthened to prevent night soil of around 60000 population pres­ently going directly into the lake.

Relocation of Dal dwellers

The meeting was informed that in order to facilitate the rehabili­tation of dwellers, J&K Housing Board was authorized to initiate the construction of 13000 3BHK flats at Rakh-e-Arth through cost recovery mechanism under PPP mode and 7,500 2BHK flats at Chandpora, Harwan specifically for Dal dwellers on cross subsi­dized basis.

It was further decided that in view of the fresh proposal for con­struction of flats, no new plots would be allotted to the Dal dwellers.

Dredging

The meeting decided that the Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) would make a detailed pre­sentation before the State Admin­istrative Council regarding the dredging proposal before a deci­sion is taken on the same.

Beautification of the Boulevard

The meeting decided that the Public Works Department (R&B) would immediately take up res­toration of the Boulevard pave­ments from Dalgate to SKICC in the first phase.

Governor was also informed about other issues concerning Dal Lake including proposed construction of Western Fore­shore Road, formulation of Master Plan, study regarding estimation of pesticides in Dal Lake, tackling Red Algal bloom, vegetation mapping, formula­tion of Water Sports Policy, development of Dole Dumb and artificial wetlands, unified control of House Boats, policy framework for promoting water sports in Dal and Nageen Lakes and strengthening of the En­forcement wing of the LAWDA. The meeting passed appropriate directions on each issue.  

 

 

 

 

 

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