Srinagar: The Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) has informed the J&K High Court that 14 springs have been identified and located around Dal and Nigeen lakes.
The court directed Vice Chairman LAWDA to clear the springs of all encroachments and submit a report before the court.
The 14 springs which find their way into the lakes have been identified as, Khaki Mohalla Habak, Khaki Mohalla Habak-1, Rishi Mohalla Habak, Rather Mohalla Habak, Rather Mohalla Habak-2, Drangibul Masjid, Ishber, Wani Mohalla Ishber (near Dockyard), Kral Mohalla Ishber, Opposite Kashmir Mall-1 (House of G. R. Bhat) Ishber, Nishat Bagh-1, Nishat Bagh-2, Kwaja Yarbal, Kwaja Yarbal-2, Bagwanpora (Mastal H. B).
Of these, three springs – Kwaja Yarbal, Kwaja Yarbal-2, Bagwanpora (Mastal H. B) – find their way into Nigeen lake, while the rest find their way into Dal Lake.
Meanwhile VC-LAWDA informed the court that National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) has sought three month time to finalize an environment assessment report – which is yet to expire.
The environmental agency has to study the environmental impact of four-laning of Boulevard Road that runs adjacent to the Dal Lake.
Meanwhile, Scientific Advisory Committee was directed to file status reports regarding its decisions after every two months before the Registrar Judicial of the Court.
The court also sought status reports on contracts allotted for two high power aerators installed near Char Chinari opposite SKICC and at Hazratbal Shrine.