Srinagar: Srinagar: The Lakes and Waterways Development Authority is intending to acquire more de-weeding machines for Dal Lake, as officials say, the four machines available right now are not enough.
However, the officials said, it is not receiving any response to the tenders issued for the purpose.
The authority uses four de-weeding machines, and scores of manual labourers for extraction of weeds and lily pads form the state.
“Manual labour working in cleaning Dal Lake can also extract one meter of lily pads while as the deweeding machines extraction up to two meters,” Executive Engineer LWDA Fayaz Ahmad said while adding that the four machines aren’t sufficient.
Unwanted lily pads and weeds have occupied most of the water body, making the acquisition of more machines pressing.
“We are hiring as well as purchasing some machines, as former Governor NN Vohra during the State Administrative Council (SAC) meeting has given approval both for hiring and purchasing new machines,” Malik Tariq PRO LWDA told Kashmir Reader.
The tenders are seeking three weed harvest machines, and three barges.
“We have opted for open tender system and wherever we find best person we will take them. Till date we have not find any care taker once we will receive the right person then it don’t takes much time to install ,” he said.
An official in LWDA said that there was need to revise specifications, as there is not much difference between manual weed extraction and the harvesting machines sought in the tender.