Illegal Constructions Galore Around Dal Lake

RTI Movement appeals LG, Chief Secretary to intervene

Srinagar: Jammu & Kashmir RTI Movement Tuesday appealed Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and Chief Secretary BVR Subramanium to ensure all the illegal encroachments are removed from Dal Lake area especially near Ashai Bagh Bridge, Saidakadal, Nowpora, Rainawari, Jogi Lanker, and Khoja Yarbal areas.

In a statement, RTI Movement Chairman Raja Muzaffar said that its volunteers visited several areas of Dal Lake on Monday and found lots of fresh encroachments taking place especially near Ashai Bagh bridge where land, which is part of Dal Lake banks, has been fenced by some vested people and they are planning to construct a guest house near the encroached site.

“Officials of Lakes and Waterways Authority seem to have come to the spot to demolish the illegal fencing, but they seem to have done this for mere an eyewash as all the fencing material, mesh wire has not been removed at all. Govt especially Lakes and Waterways Development Authority do not act against these illegal constructions with the result Dal Lake is shrinking day by day.

He appealed LG Manoj Sinha and Chief Secretary to seek an explanation from concerned officers.

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