Srinagar: Once considered as the beautiful water bodies containing water in its purest form, the Kashmir’s lakes and waterways are now struggling to keep the quality safe. The massive urbanization and overexploitation of many lakes and streams has led to contamination of the resources, said Engineer Mohammad Ashraf Fazili, a prominent water body expert.
“Kashmir was considered to have the best water resources but for the last few decades the water bodies are shrinking at alarming rate due to massive constructions around the water bodies,” he said.
Ashraf was speaking at an event organised by The Institute of Engineers (India). Many other speakers gave presentations on topic of Waste Water highlighting the negative impact on the environment with the contamination of water resources.
“More than 50 percent of the water bodies in Srinagar and its suburbs have been already lost and many more have been converted into landmasses with the intensive human interference and the construction around the water bodies,” said Ashraf.
“The marshy and the wet lands Gilsar, Khushalsar and Aanchar around Dal Lake have shrunken dramatically and have disappeared due to the conversion of the water area to landmass through heavy siltation,” he said.
Former college principal Dr MRD Kundangar quoted Islamic scriptures to raise awareness for the effective waste water management.
“The word water occurs sixty three times in Quran. This is the most precious creation by Almighty Allah. It is our duty to save the water resources from the contamination so that the resources are not vanished,” said Kundangar.