SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday directed Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) to carry out in depth survey on Anchar, Gilsar and Khushalsar Lake and file a report within three weeks.
The division bench headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey ordered the Vice Chairman LAWDA (Lakes and Waterways Development Authority) to do a survey of the lakes and present the maps of existing area under lake.
The court previously had sought the maps after it was informed by Court Commissioner Sajad Ahmed Mir that the Anchar Lake was “dead now”.
Vice Chairman LAWDA told the court that the maps were not provided by Revenue Department and that they were not able to demarcate the lakes properly.
The court ordered Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar and Ganderbal to provide assistance to LAWDA for carrying out the demarcation of the lakes. Divisional commissioner was also ordered to ensure the exercise be done at earliest within three weeks.
The court was also informed that Scientific Advisory Committee had a meeting on October 16. As per the minutes of meeting, decisions regarding artificial wetland, vegetation mapping, and decline in native species of fishes in Dal Lake were taken.
Court also directed that the detailed environment impact assessment study for proposed west foreshore road and proposed four-laning of Boulevard Road needs to be carried out before any construction work takes place.
“It was also decided by Scientific Approach Committee, JK LAWDA should approach Center of Research and Development, university of Kashmir and University of Nagpur to carry out the assessment study immediately,” said the court.
The LAWDA was given a week time for requisition of Environment Impact Assessment study with respect to Western Foreshore Road and four laning of Boulevard Road.
“In case, the Roads and Building Department has done the study already, the report be sent to LAWDA,” the court said.
Amicus Curie, advocate Zaffar Shah said that three things should be carried in mind while conserving the Dal Lake. “Repeated harvesting, apart from huge manual labour, machine be employed and biotechnology solution be found for the growth of weeds,” he said. Court was informed that proposal for acquiring machines will be sent to Housing and Urban Development Department within two weeks.
The water assessment quality was done at five points, it was found that the dissolved oxygen level is low particularly at Jozilankar and Naiyadyar. The court asked to upgrade the sewage treatment plants with new standards.
It was observed by court that the loss of native species of fish is due to the discharge of domestic sewage which causes eutrophication and increase the pollution level.
The court directed state to take up several measures mentioned by Department of fisheries.
The court also directed biological approach should be taken for deweeding of water lilies and operation should be carried out by Bangalore based firm.