‘Experts hired for procurement of machinery for cleaning Dal Lake’

‘Experts hired for procurement of machinery for cleaning Dal Lake’
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Srinagar: The services of globally recognized experts have been taken for procuring machinery for cleaning Dal Lake, the High Court was informed by VC-LAWDA on Tuesday.
Hearing the public interest litigation (PIL) on Dal Lake, the division bench comprising Justice Ramalingum Sudhakar and Justice MK Hanjura said, the decision with regard to procuring the machinery “be placed on record with further progress on next date of hearing.”
Meanwhile, the status report submitted by Housing and Urban Development Department before court revealed that the proposal submitted by the VC, LAWDA for procurement of machinery has been examined by a high level committee which has decided to submit it to the state cabinet for decision.
The court observed that the status report regarding the de-weeding of Dal Lake didn’t mention the manner in which it was undertaken. It asked authorities to again submit the status report before the next date.
The status report also stated that the study of environmental impact assessment with regard to Western Foreshore road and four laning of Boulevard Road was “in progress”.
The court directed the concerned agencies to expedite the study.
The report further said that “the 56 springs are adding fresh water to the lake and the quality of water is within permissible limit”.
However, the court observed that the limit of Ammoniacal Nitrogen and Orthophosphate is not mentioned in the status report. The court directed authorities to file the same on next date.
Meanwhile, the court expressed its dissatisfaction over the approach of the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) which was asked to collect the water samples for assessment of water quality.
The Regional Director, State Pollution Control Board had written a letter to VC LAWDA asking him to identify the spots from where the samples are to be collected.
The court said, “We express our dissatisfaction with the approach of the SPCB in complying with the court orders. Let the Regional Director file the affidavit explaining what directions they have taken with regard to analyze the areas which are already identified by LAWDA. And also ensure sampling of water from all the identified areas around the springs within a week time.”

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