Dying Dal

Dying Dal
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The time when the Dal Lake and its environs will be barren might not be far off. This unfortunate scenario might come to pass if we not take immediate corrective and remedial action on an urgent basis. The aim here is not to alarm or shock but to put matters into perspective, a real one. The Dal, the sad fact is, has shrunk significantly over a decadal time span. The onus of blame falls for the shrinkage of the Dal and its potential disappearance or even obliteration falls on the politics of patronage badly conceived and executed policies and sheer greed and avarice. The politics of patronage allowed for the development and construction of hotels and so on on the periphery of the lake which created obvious issues and are now difficult to reverse. Poor policy that entailed the construction of roads and pathways that ate into the Dal and shrank it further. In terms of greed and avarice, the natural ecosystem of the lake was, has been and is being thrown into disarray by those who are its main stakeholders and beneficiaries. It is a known fact that once the Dal and other waterways of Srinagar city were so expansive that these begat an extensive river transport system catering to the diverse transport needs of the inhabitants of the city. But, all this is a thing of the past now. The travesty is that the famed lake might die and go the way of other lakes and waterways of our historical city like Anchar lake, Khoshal Sar , Tsooint Kol and so on which are in their death throes. If the drift continues, the day, to repeat, is not far off when the world famous like will disappear. This condition calls for immediate and urgent redressal which is both in the nature of a salvage and preservation job. While there are a range of measures and actions that can and must be taken , but all would go in vain unless the primary action of fundamental importance is taken. The reference here is to a value principal which entails a deep feeling and according primacy to our land and resources thereof. We must, in this schemata, view the Dal lake , as part and extension of our bodies wherein any damage to it would amount to damage of our selves. The rest is mere corollary and detail. Let us then pledge to save, salvage and develop the lake before it is too late!