Asks for regular monitoring of lake restoration.
9 lakh cubic metres weed removed during 2 months, 5 Sq Kms made weed free; studies on weed decomposition, bio sol in progress
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 03: Expressing grave concern over the pollution levels and quantity of weeds having come up in the world famous Dal lake, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today directed pacing up of conservation and de weeding activities in the world famous lake. She said she would be monitoring the cleaning up of the lake periodically.
The Chief Minister gave these directions during a visit to the interiors of the lake this morning during which she personally took stock of the weeds, algal growth and pollution having cropped up in the lake over the years. She enquired about the various measures being taken for controlling the algal growth and dumping of the weed material.
Mehbooba Mufti was informed that the LAWDA has already intensified de weeding efforts in the lake and at present 500 labourers have been employed for the manual de weeding. During the last two months, the Chief Minister was informed that nine lakh cubic metres of weeds have been removed from the lakh rendering about five square kilometers of waters as weed free.
The Chief Minister was informed that two studies at SKUAST-K have been commissioned for proper dumping and decomposition of weed material besides a biological solution for arresting the algal growth in the lake is also in experimentation stage.
Mehbooba Mufti directed urgent de weeding of the Ashai Bagh track of the lake and cleaning of exit channels at Rainawari, Nawpora and Mir Behree for movement of clean waters through the lake. She asked the Principal Secretary, Mr. Rohit Kansal to hold reviews after every 10 days of the progress registered on the de weeding and cleaning of the lake.
Minister of State for Housing & Urban Development, Asiea Naqash; legislators, Noor Muhammad Sheikh and Khursheed Alam; Chief Secretary, B. B. Vyas; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; Commissioner-Secretary, Housing & Urban Development, Hridesh Kumar; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed; Vice Chairman, LAWDA, Abdul Hafeez Masudi; Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Dr. Shafqat Khan, other senior officers and a large number of people were present on the occasion.