SRINAGAR Union Home Minister, Rajnath Sing, on Tuesday announced Rs 3.5 crore for the beautification of Dal lake, which has shrunk in size due to heavy pollution.
Rajnath, who was on a daylong visit to Kashmir, made the announcement at a press conference in Srinagar. He said the lake is not only famous in Jammu and Kashmir but throughout the world.
For the beautification of Dal lake, we announce an amount of 3.5 crore and if required we can give more, he said. He added that the lake is the identity for the people of state. When the condition of the lake will improve you will see a lot of changes, he said.
The condition of Dal Lake is worsening with the absence of proper management. Earlier a three-member expert committee on Dal comprising Nivedita P. Haran, IAS (retired), former additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, Government of Kerala, Mangu Singh, MD Delhi Metro Rail Corp and M. C. Mehta, renowned environmentalist, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at Raj Bhavan on Monday.
The committee apprised the Governor about the activities undertaken to study the factors detrimental to the overall health of Dal Lake which includes illegal encroachment, untreated discharge of sewage from hotels and houseboats and uncontrolled growth of weeds.
The committee informed the Governor that they are taking an all-encompassing view of the condition of Dal lake as well as other associated water bodies and will be initiating discussions with all stakeholders including taking views of the general public and Dal dwellers. They also shared their initial views and opinions on ways for undertaking the mammoth task of cleaning and conservation of the Dal lake.
The Governor impressed upon the committee members the urgency and importance of this task asked them to ascertain all measures required to be undertaken for its restoration, maintenance and preservation including securing the banks of the Dal Lake, re-settlement, relocation and rehabilitation of persons residing or carrying on business on its banks or in the Dal lake.
The Governor further advised the Committee that a proper framework may be evolved with set timelines for taking up each task under the framework besides assuring that his administration shall extend full support to the committee in the execution of its task.
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