Div Com Takes Shikara Ride From Nigeen-Khushalsar Via Nallah Amir Khan

SRINAGAR: On the eve of World Environmental Day, the Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole Saturday called for conservation and restoration of pristine glory of all lakes and water bodies.

The Div Com said this during an extensive tour of various water bodies including Nigeen, Gilsar, Khushal Sar lakes, Nalla Amir Khan and other water channels in Srinagar to take on spot stock of restoration and cleaning work.

During the tour, Div Com was accompanied by DC Srinagar, Commissioner SMC, CE I&FC, VC LAWDA, President NLCO and other concerned.

In Shikara, the tour started from Pakhribal Nigeen lake and went through various areas including Dhobi Ghat, Lal Bazaar, Bota Kadal, Amda Kadal through Nallah Amir Khan.

Appreciating work done by LAWDA, SMC, F&IC and NLCO jointly for restoration of these water bodies in the past two months, the Div Com said their work is quite visible. He instructed the concerned shall continue the work in full gear to restore the pristine glory of these water bodies.

He said that the Government shall carry out the entire revival work in Gilsar lake and parameter work of Khushalsar, while as NLCO and Community has been doing muck clearance and restoration in interiors of Khushalsar lake. Similarly, restoration work of Pakhribal and Nallah Amir Khan is being carried out by LAWDA.

Div Com appealed to people to stop littering and throwing garbage in water bodies leading to their degradation which poses great threat to human existence.

Stressing on community participation, the Div Com directed the concerned to aware and sensitize people on the importance of conserving natural resources in Kashmir.

He said that SMC has doubled the garbage collection efficiency in Srinagar City.

In the past two months the daily waste collection has gone up from 350 tonnes/day to 620 tonnes a day.

The sweeping is done in two shifts morning and evening in the market areas. SMC has been lifting the muck and garbage removed from Dal Lake and other water bodies. The garbage and muck taken out from Khushalsar and Gilsar lakes is being lifted on a daily basis using JCBs and heavy vehicles.

Under Smart City Mission, the rejuvenation of Gilsar Lake has also been taken up. The Irrigation & Flood Control Water Master as well earth moving machinery has been put in place which is removing the garbage, muck and weed from Khushalsar and Gilsar lakes.

Similarly, LAWDA has also put all men and machinery on job and intensified its cleaning and restoration work of waterbodies in Srinagar. The work done in the past two months has brought tangible results in restoration of our water bodies.

During the tour, various public delegations called upon Div Com and raised their demands and issues with him. The Div Com assured them that all their genuine issues shall be addressed on priority.

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