HC directs govt to explore ‘waste to wealth’ proposal on Dal weeds

HC directs govt to explore ‘waste to wealth’ proposal on Dal weeds
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Srinagar: The J&K High Court has directed Chief Secretary to look into a proposal of converting weed waste from Dal Lake into a commercial utility.
The direction was passed after a report by the Committee of Experts (CoEs) listed the proposal to convert weed waste from Dal Lake into “wealth”.
The report referred to a proposal from NIPER, Hyderabad which has come up with an innovative idea of ‘waste to wealth’, i.e. to use Myriophyllum Spicatum, a weed that grows extensively in the Dal Lake for extraction of Gallic acid, that is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry and in the manufacture of preservatives and in cosmetics.
The report mentions that DG NIPER has been asked by the Committee of Experts to take the idea forward.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar directed the Chief Secretary to look into the observations by the Committee of Experts and examine the possibility of the commercial utilization of the weeds.
Meanwhile the court also directed LAWDA to place a report with regard to the action taken on the public notices regarding STPs which had to be installed by hoteliers around the periphery of the Dal Lake.
“The authorities shall also place before us the steps taken towards informing and educating the public about the directions of the court recommendations of the Committee of Experts, applicable laws and regulations etc,” the court recorded and directed.
Also, Pollution Control Board (PCB) with the help of local police should implement prohibition of chemical fertilizers and pesticides around Dal Lake.