Sopore: Wular lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia and famous for the production of Kashmiri Nelumbium (Nadroo). The lake is located in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, where the production of Nadroo has decreased after the 2014 floods in Kashmir.
Abdul Khaliq Bhat, a local extractor of nadroo said that they used to extract a hundred kilograms of nadroo from the Wular lake prior to 2014 floods but in present time there is no production. This has caused a huge loss to our business,” he said.
He said the river Jhelum and other rivulets from the whole valley drain directly into the Wular lake carrying all sorts of solid and liquid wastes. “The agricultural water, animal carcasses and other wastes from human settlements are finally deposited into the Wular lake. This is one of the biggest problems which also pose threat to the production of nadroo in lake besides other flora and fauna,” he said.
Ghulam Hassan, tehsil president of Mahigeer association said the Nadroo production decreased from hundred kilograms to few grams and due to which almost 20 villages including Watlab, Zurmanz, Astangoo, Kemah, Paribal and its adjoining areas suffered immensely.
According to the scientists of Krishi Vigyan Kendra Bandipora, the production of nadroo in Wular lake has decreased due to the less depth of Wular lake and the production could be possible if the depth increases again.
Irfan Ahmad, coordinator of water management said due to lack of funds they were unable to continue the process of dredging into the lake.