J&K Governor for initiating short, long-term measures for conservation of water bodies

Srinagar, Aug 31: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday called for initiating both short and long-term measures for the effective conservation and preservation of the J&K’s water bodies including the Dal Lake.

Chairing a high-level meeting at Civil Secretariat here, Governor ordered fixing timelines for various tasks to be accomplished urgently for effective conservation and restoration measures.

The Governor called for framing a comprehensive legislative framework for conservation of water bodies in the state as these are closely linked to the survival of the people.

Mr Malik made it clear that conservation and restoration of water bodies including Dal-Nageen lakes will be among the priority areas of his administration and the Prime Minister, in his Independence Day speech this year, also stressed the urgency of the conservation of this important water bodies in J&K.

Financial Commissioner, Housing & Urban Development, briefed the Governor in detail about the measures being taken for the conservation of the Dal-Nageen Lakes.

These include procurement of machinery and equipment as already approved by the State Administrative Council (SAC), removal of encroachments upgradation of STPs, deweeding and cleaning of lake surface, installation of Bio-Digesters, restoration and beautification of The Boulevard and relocation of Dal dwellers.

The meeting was informed that giving the varying figures regarding the actual number of structures to be relocated from in and around the Dal Lake on the directions of the High Court, the Government has ordered fresh survey of all such structures to be completed within ten days under the supervision of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir.

The Governor directed that the fresh survey should be a comprehensive updated exercise to identify and enlist, preferably on the basis of Aadhaar number and photograph of the head of each family, each such structure which is to be relocated as a part of the Dal Conservation program. He said the support of local elected representatives and other stakeholders should be enlisted for the purpose.

The Governor was informed that following the approval the State Administrative Council (SAC), for procurement/hiring of lake cleaning machinery and equipment including weed harvesters, skimmers and amphibious excavators, the tenders have already been floated in this regard and the process for procurement/purchase of machinery is to be completed within next two months.

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