SMC, LAWDA settle scores, Brari Nambal stays choked

SMC, LAWDA settle scores, Brari Nambal stays choked

Srinagar: The jurisdictional conflict between Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) and Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) over Brari Nambal—one of the outflow channels of Dal Lake— has been resolved, government informed J&K High Court recently.
In its status report, the Secretary to Government Housing and Urban Development Department said that the SMC has been issued clear instructions to remove encroachment and illegal workshop in the area of Brari Nambal and Lagoon.
LAWDA, the H&UDD Secretary said, has been instructed to fence the Lagoon on the southern side from Munawarabad Chowk onwards.
“The Chief Engineer (Urban Environment Engineering Department) has been directed to upgrade STP at Brari Nambal and block all the sewer inflow in the lagoon connecting the main sewer line to STP for treatment,” the secretary said, adding, “Even LAWDA has been asked to dredge the lagoon after UEED dredges the sewer line and diverts the same for treatment.”
As the conflict is over, Commissioner SMC and the Executive Engineer informed the court that no debris or dumping of construction material has taken place in Brari Nambal.
However, a Committee appointed by the court visited the Brari Nambal Lagoon  and found the northern side of the Lagoon full of garbage which had accumulated
because of the flow of effluent discharge from adjoining areas like Shamaswari and Babademb.
“The sewage of these areas is flowing into the Lagoon directly instead of flowing through main sewer line constructed by UEED,” the Committee said.
In addition, the committee has found main sewer line choked at least at three places and as many as 17 sewer outlets directly flowing into the Lagoon, causing a heavy destruction and pollution to the Lagoon.
A report by J&K State Pollution Control Board has also sticking tale to reveal about the Lagoon, notwithstanding umpteen promises by the government from time to time and huge money pumped to sustain the claims.
“Biodegradable and non degradable waste collected from the polluted water was found in open area within the premises which need proper disposal,” reads the report filed by a team by SPCB after inspecting STP at the Lagoon.
“It is a fact that at present entire waste water after treatment is disposed off through underground sewage system into river Jhelum near Chinkral Mohalla, however huge foaming was observed at the final outlet at the discharge point of the River Jhelum which needs further investigation.”
Sludge drying beds, report said, are not operating efficiency as all of them were found full of waste water.
“The treated effluent pump house is at present in a very bad condition, needs immediate cleaning,” the reports said, adding, “Clarification unit needs periodical cleaning otherwise it may favour the profuse algal growth and reduces the efficiency of STP.”
The SPCB team, report said, observed that the waste water from adjacent areas still goes through many drains into the lagoon.
To recall, on October 15 last year, the Government ordered time bound conservation and restoration of Brari Nambal to its pristine glory.
“The Brari Nambal water body has both historical as well as heritage value and requires to be restored to its pristine glory. There shall be no compromise on its restoration within quickest possible time,” Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Nawang Rigzin Jora had said after chairing a meeting.
“The Brari Nambal Lagoon is an important water body within the old city,” Jora had said and ordered for immediate cleaning, dredging, expansion and beautification of the Lagoon.