Srinagar: Reviewing conservation of Dal and Nigeen lakes, Governor N N Vohra on Tuesday directed officials to start double shift for manual cleaning of the world famed water bodies in Srinagar.
A Public Relation Officer (PRO) of Raj Bhawan said here on Tuesday that Vohra chaired a meeting to review the ongoing Dal-Nageen Lake Conservation, Management and Rehabilitation programmes.
Advisor to Governor B B Vyas, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, Financial Commissioner Housing and Urban Development Department, K B Agarwal, Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor Umang Narula and other senior officers participated in the meeting.
After reviewing the cleaning and de-weeding programmes of Dal Lake, Governor directed that the cleaning of Dal Lake must commence immediately but no later than July 25.
Vice Chairman of Lakes and Waterway Development Authority (LAWDA) was directed to formulate a concrete proposal for the effective sewage disposal of 900 houseboats; assess capacity of existing STPs against total of the existing demand and determine the number and capacity of all those who had encroached on the Lake; list all issues regarding the relocation of all those who had encroached on the Lake; list all those who have been rehabilitated and have returned to the Lake; prepare a list of all building/refer sanctions issued since January 1, 2017; immediately organise satellite mapping of the entire Dal Lake area, once every month.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir was directed to initiate the identification and removal of all Dal dwellers who after receiving compensation are still living in their previous habitations. He shall also prepare a list of fresh encroachments/master plan violations within the entire Dal Lake area on urgent basis.
Governor directed Agarwal to implement, on time bound basis, the SAC’s decision regarding procurement and hiring of lake cleaning machinery. Agarwal apprised Governor regarding the importance of construction of a Western Foreshore Road for permanent prevention of ingress and delineation of western Boundary of the Lake.
Governor asked the Chief Secretary to review at the earliest all issues pertaining to the preservation of Dal Lake and especially examine the economic viability of the proposal for the construction of 20,000 dwelling units at Rakh-i-Arth for Dal dwellers, to be executed by the J&K Housing Board in the PPP mode.