Tour Dal Lake, interact with houseboat owners
SRINAGAR: To review the preparedness for the ensuing tourism season, Secretary Tourism Rigzian Sampheal and Vice Chairman (VC) Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) Sajad Hussain Ganaie on Friday toured the Dal Lake.
They also visited the houseboats on which bio-digesters have been installed by Housing and Urban Development Department on trial basis.
During their visit, they also interacted with the houseboat owners and Dal dwellers and urged them to contribute in keeping lake clean, an official handout read.
Samphael said the lake is not only important as a tourist destination but is also the state’s identity, “which needs to be preserved”.
He also stated that it is the collectively responsibility of the Dal dwellers, houseboat owners and the government to restore the pristine glory of the water body.
He said under Swachh Bharat Mission, the department has taken steps to tackle the sanitation issues in and around the Dal Lake by finding a holistic solution to the issue.
“We have been working on waste management for past many years. We want to further improve on the quality of the waters of Dal and Nigeen Lake,” he said.
Currently, there are over 900 registered houseboats whose eco-friendly waste management is very necessary.
A day earlier, the secretary also held a separate meeting with houseboat owners at directorate office at TRC here. He assured them facilitating projection of the houseboats and the lake as prime tourist attractions at India and international level, the handout added.