Srinagar: The Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LWDA) is waiting for the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report to resume work on the four-laning of roads along the Dal Lake.
On directions from the state High Court, the J&K Government in November 2017 asked the Nagpur-based National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to carry out the environmental assessment of the four-laning project of the Boulevard.
Malik Tariq, PRO of LWDA told Kashmir Reader that they have not received the final report yet. The work can be resumed only after the report is received.
“Fearing that the project would harm the environment and the lake ecology would suffer, Kashmir based environmentalists wanted an assessment to know whether the project is good or not or it. That is the reason government approached NEERI for this project analysis,” Malik said.
Director NEERI, Dr Rakesh Kumar told Kashmir Reader that the report is in final stage.
“We have proposed to carry out a comprehensive ecological assessment the project would take some time as it is going to be a proper study,” Kumar said.
“Our team is working on it,” he said.
For the assessment report, NEERI has to consult at least 25 different departments and organizations, as per the LAWDA official.
Besides the departments including Remote Sensing, Public Health Engineering (PHE), Public Works Department (PWD), Floriculture, Geological and Mining and LAWDA itself, the official said that the EIA would have to take on board the Dal dwellers as well.
NEERI has also been asked to accommodate the EIA of the Western Foreshore Road with that of the Boulevard. The four-laning project had been formulated to ease vehicular movement on the Boulevard. Under the project, the government has decided to widen the road from the UN Office Sonwar to Kral Sangri.