SRINAGAR: The enforcement wings of the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) and Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) have launched demolition drive in various parts of the city to remove encroachments.
LAWDA today kick-started demolition drive around Dal Lake and removed several encroachments which had come up illegally in the area recently. The LAWDA team was assisted by district police Srinagar.
“A demolition drive was today carried out at Northern Foreshore Road, Habbak, Akhoon Mohalla and Lashkari Mohalla areas in the periphery of Dal Lake as various illegal constructions had come up in the prohibited area,” an official of LAWDA said.
He said LAWDA intends to carry out series of demolition drives in the coming days to ensure effective implementation of the orders of the High Court that no construction should be allowed in the 200 meter periphery of the lake.
Moderate Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had on Tuesday warned those indulging in illegal constructions in and around Dal Lake in Srinagar under the garb of ongoing unrest to stop their activities immediately.
The reports of unauthorised and illegal constructions coming up at various places especially on the Dal and foreshore road is a cause of concern. We warn such people to stop their activities forthwith, Hurriyat said in a statement in Srinagar.
Meanwhile residents of Saida Kadal area have urged authorities to take note of ferrying of construction material in Dal and Nigeen lakes during night for undertaking constructions.
A delegation from the area claimed that during midnight, trucks ferry construction material in and around Saida Kadal Bridge.