Dredging in critically silted portions of lake taken up under Wular Action Plan
BANDIPORA: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole Saturday visited Bandipora and inspected Wular lake conservation works by Wular Conservation and Management Authority (WUCMA).
The Div Com during the visit was accompanied by Chief Executive Director WUCMA Farooq Gillani and Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Dr. Owais Ahmed.
The Chief Executive Director WUCMA briefed the Div Com about the progress made in the dredging operations carried out in different sections of the lake during the current year.
It was informed that the dredging work in critically silted portions of the lake is the major component under which an area of 3.10 square kilometers of silted area has been taken up under Wular Action Plan.
It was further informed that as on date, 1.10 sq km of area has been dredged and the balance work will be completed by October 2021. After the completion of work 63 lakh cubic meters of silt will be removed from the Wular Lake and will enhance the water holding capacity of the lake significantly.
The CED briefed Div Com about the nature of catchment conservation works, biodiversity Conservation works and eco-tourism development works that have been taken up under the Wular Action Plan.
The Div Com advised for timely completion of tendered works and directed WUCMA to monitor quality and quantity of works and take special note of the disposal of the dredged slurry in the identified sites only without affecting flood plains.
He further directed to set and monitor daily targets to complete the work within allotted time frame and instructed WUCMA officials to resolve issues in dyke formation and willow removals.
Meanwhile, the works under Wular conservation project has been taken up on a large scale after UT administration has sanctioned Wular Action Plan for Rs 200.00 crores for conservation and management of Wular Lake.