Directs LAWDA to speed up work on Dal Lake
Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that the government is trying its best to crack braid-chopping case in Kashmir.
Addressing reporters on the sidelines of an event at Dal Lake here in Srinagar, Mehbooba said, “We are trying our best to crack the case and bring those involved in the braid-chopping to book.”
She said that the government has already set up a committee to crack the case and issued a reward for anyone who will help police in nabbing the culprits. “A team of doctors is meeting the victims to help in the investigation. We are trying our best to dig out everything to expose the culprits,” she said.
Expressing her concerns over the rising pollution in Dal Lake and the growth in it of weeds, Mehbooba directed LAWDA authorities to pace up their work in order to conserve the lake and clear it.
“She enquired about the various measures being taken for controlling the algal growth and dumping of the weed material,” an official handout said.
It said that LAWDA authorities informed the CM that they have already intensified de-weeding efforts as they have appointed 500 labourers for manual de-weeding. “During the last two months, the Chief Minister was informed, nine lakh cubic metres of weeds have been removed from the lake, rendering a large area of its waters as weed free,” the statement quoted LAWDA authorities as saying.
The Chief Minister was also informed that two studies at the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir have been commissioned for proper dumping and decomposition of weed material. Besides, a biological solution for arresting algal growth in the lake is also in the experimentation stage.
Mehbooba also directed urgent de-weeding of the Ashai Bagh track of the lake and cleaning of exit channels at Rainawari, Nawpora and Mir Behree for movement of clean waters through the lake.
The CM also took stock of the working of the Sewerage Treatment Plants and machines deployed for weed removal in the lake. The chief minister said maintenance of clean environs has been accorded a sacred duty in every religion.
Cleanliness is (next to) Godliness , she said, adding that even in Islam, the concept of ‘wudhu’ (ablution before prayers) is based on the principle of ensuring cleanliness of the individual and the society.
Mehbooba complimented the workers of the SMC and other civic bodies in the state for working round-the-clock to make the streets, lanes, parks and other public places clean for the people.
“Your job is no less important than a doctor, engineer or an officer and for this all appreciation to you,” she said.
The chief minister said she was saddened to see the situation of the Dal lake.
She expressed satisfaction that many districts in the state are going to be declared open defecation free by early next year.
The chief minister, on the occasion, awarded the best performing workers of the SMC.