SRINAGAR: The huge investments to conserve and beautify the famed Dal Lake go down the drain as the authorities perpetually fail to restrict the use of polythene in and around the lake while as the other residual materials is dumped into its waters.
“The government as well as the common people have to think about the conservation of Dal lake. It needs serious efforts or a time will come when the existence of the lake will become history,” Mohammad Aqib, a resident of Khanyar said.
“Basically we lack civic sense, people throw bottles, wrappers into its waters and make terribly vulnerable,” he said.
Dal at many places stinks so much that passersby have to cover their noses to avoid foul smell.
“Dal is dying each passing day as from 20 years, it has gone through tremendous changes. Apart from stagnation of water, illegal constructions within its periphery and usage of faulty machinery have destroyed the lake,” Danish Farooq, a resident of Hazratbal area said adding, “It will be very late for the authorities if they don’t wake up from slumber.”
“The water of Dal was once crystal clear and fit for drinking. Now it is a pool of turbid waters. Even if billions of rupees are spent on it, it is impossible to restore its lost glory,” a resident of Rainwari said.
Vice chairman Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) Dr Hafeez Masoodi said that work on cleaning Dal Lake would be taken up within a week’s time. “We have to clean the lake in three phases,” he said adding the priority of the LAWDA is to get rid of unwanted weeds.