Dal monitoring committee reviews status

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JAMMU: Chief Secretary B B Vyas on Thursday chaired the 14th meeting of the Monitoring Committee for Preservation and Conservation of Dal-Nageen Lake.
The Committee reviewed the progress achieved in regard to formulation of comprehensive legal frame work for the enactment of strong legislation for preservation of all water bodies in the state. Secretary Law informed the Committee that the Draft Bill has been circulated amongst concerned departments including Forest and PHE and I&FC for seeking their response by next week.
Regarding estimation of pesticides in the Dal lake and conversion of de-weeded material into compost, VC LAWDA informed the Committee that the detailed survey carried out jointly by LDA and SKUAST-K has been completed and SKUAST has submitted the DPR besides LAWDA has received communication from Director, SFRI about the quantity of deweeded biomass required by their department for converting into vermi compost.
VC LAWDA further informed that physical demarcation of 200 meter zone of Dal-Nageen Lake has been completed and geo tagging of structures is in process and so far 4200 structures have been geo-tagged from Dalgate to Habak, Kashmir University and NIT. The geo tagging work is also in progress in Check-Saderbal and Khonkhan area. The Authority has completed the ETS survey of Anchar, Gilsar and Khushalsar and maps from Revenue Authorities have also been received, he added.
The Committee took stock of the status of implementation of the recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) with regard to creation of artificial wetlands, rejuvenation of six existing wetlands/retention ponds/reed belts, Water Quality Analysis, Vegetation Mapping and Portable Eco Sounder.

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