LAWDA holds 8th SAC meeting on preservation of lakes

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SRINAGAR: The 8th Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting of LAWDA was held on Monday at SKICC, which was headed by its chairman A.R Yousuf.

The various aspects were discussed on the conservation of Dal Lake like constitution of subcommittee for preparation of status paper, catchment management works, vegetation mapping, Algal bloom in the Dal Lake, works executed in the catchment area of Dal-Nigeen Lake, removal of Lily pads, assessment of pesticides and conservation of deweeded material into compost, maintenance of wetlands and vision document.

VC LAWDA A.H Masoodi said that LAWDA had made a DPR (Detailed Project Report) in which Bio-Digesters were provided to all House boat owners in Dal Lake and Nigeen Lake under subsidized rates. Various Bio-Digester manufacturing companies provided expert suggestion while framing a DPR.

During the meeting, the members said that there is an immediate need for making a thorough review of the conservation measures implemented by the LDA as suggested in the DPR.

A sub-committee under the chairmanship of A.R. Yousuf was constituted to look into the matter and come up with a status paper.

The other members of the sub-committee are former Emeritus Professor JNU New Delhi Prof. D.P. Zutshi, Trustee and Ex-Director Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment Dr. G. Balachandran, Head Department of Earth Sciences University of Kashmir Dr. Shakeel Ahmad Romshoo and Senior Assistant Professor Department of Botany University of Kashmir Dr Manzoor Ahmad Shah.