Shalimar channel turns into garbage dump
Srinagar, Sep 28: Once considered the jugular vein of the historic Shalimar garden, the Shalimar Channel, is now gasping for its existence. The channel was once used to flush out the overflow water from the garden and also a shortcut route for Mughal rulers to enter the world famous Dal Lake.
Presently the channel gives a picturesque of marshy land as all the waste material, deadly polythene and other related wastes are thrown into the channel.
Ali Muhammad Sofi (70), a local, who owns a tea stall on the bank of the channel, said, “We used to wash the utensils in the stream earlier. But today, look at its condition; it has turned into a dustbin. Nobody from concerned authorities cares for its silent deterioration,” he told KNS.
He further said the drain was also used to drain out the excess water that would accumulate in the Shalimar garden due to rain or other reasons.
Nisar Ahmad, a tourist guide said if the channel would be renovated it will boost the tourism in Shalimar. “Everyone would like to have a boat ride from Shalimar to Dal Lake through this channel,” he said.
The concerned authorities seem least bothered about the immediate restoration of the channel.
Officials in the Lakes and waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) say, “When our machines will be free from Dal Lake we will deploy the machines in the Shalimar Channel.” (KNS)