SRINAGAR: The government on Friday said that the area of Dal lake has increased by 2 square kilometers as a result of dredging.
It also informed that 4,20,000 cubic meters of weed has been cleared this year far from the lake.
While answering a question in the Assembly, Deputy Chief Minister, Nirmal Singh said that conservation of Dal Lake has been of much importance to the state government.
He said that various studies have been conducted to ascertain the causes of deterioration of the lake. “A Detailed Project Report prepared by IIT, Roorkee has summarized various reasons of deterioration of Dal. The project envisages a financial outlay of Rs 298.76 crores to fund the interventions required to conserve the lake,” Deputy Chief Minister, Nirmal Singh said in a written reply to Yasir Reshi’s question regarding the conservation of Dal.
The state has received an amount of Rs. 273.85 crores by the Government of India under Dal –Nigeen Conservation and Management Project. The project is worth Rs. 298.76 crores.
Nirmal Singh claimed that 2 square kilometers of land have been added to the expanse of the lake as a result of dredging. The house was also informed that around 1,00,000 cubic meters weed is removed annually from Dal.
“For the current financial year 4,20,000 cubic meters of weed has been cleared so far. Around 400 laborers have been deployed for deweeding,” Nirmal Singh added.
Deputy Chief Minister also said that post September 2014 floods there has been uncontrolled growth of lily pads in the lake. Contracts have been accorded for the removal of the lily pads and the removal is in progress at present.