Srinagar: The state government on Wednesday constituted a high-level committee headed by the chief secretary to devise a permanent mechanism for “preserving and protecting” the Dal Lake.
The panel has been constituted ten days after the chief secretary assured the J&K high court that earnest efforts will be made by all the stake holders to protect and preserve the world famous water body.
Once the mechanism is worked out, the 11-member panel shall monitor and oversee its implementation, under secretary to government Imtiaz Kacho said in an order issued here. With the chief secretary as chairman, the other members of the committee are financial commissioner planning and development, director general of police, principal secretary forest, divisional commissioner Kashmir, commissioner secretaries of finance, housing &urban development department, law justices & parliament affairs, inspector general of police Kashmir, secretary tourism and vice chairman lakes & waterways development authority (member secretary).
The committee may co-opt any officer(s) in its deliberations as special invitee, Kacho added.
Appearing before a division bench, the chief secretary on April 16 had also assured the court that state will not be found lagging in taking ‘all necessary steps’ for protecting and preserving the lake.
After the statement, the high court had expressed hope that a permanent mechanism will be devised by issuing a government order within two weeks.