The J&K government establishes a panel to declare Dal Lake as an eco-sensitive area

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir government established a group of ten members to declare the famous Dal Lake of Srinagar and its surroundings as an ecosensitive zone (EEZ), due to concerns about its smaller and smaller size.

Pollution and invasions have caused Dal Lake to shrink from its original area of ​​22 square kilometers to about 10 square kilometers, according to an evaluation conducted by the Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) in 2017.

The DCI also discovered that the world-famous lake's capacity has been reduced to around 40 percent and that water quality has deteriorated.

The sanction is agreed to the constitution of a 10-member committee to finalize the draft of the notification for declaring Dal Lake and its surrounding areas as eco-sensitive areas, said Subash Chibber, Additional Secretary of the General Administrative Department (GAD).

The committee will finalize the draft notification within a period of one month, he said, adding that all facilities and infrastructure for the committee will be provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The committee is composed of the Chief Forest Conservator, Director of the Tourism Department, Vice President of the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority, Director of the Industries Department, Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Srinagar (SMC), Regional Guardian of Life Silvestre de Kashmir, Regional Director of the State The Pollution Control Board, the Director of the Department of Agriculture, the Chief of Urban Planning and a representative of the Legal Department said.

The DCI assessment also found that intense contamination by untreated sewage and solid wastes flowing into the lake, invasions of water channels and obstruction has decreased circulation and entrances to the lake, leading to growth Extensive weed water hyacinth that has emerged as a health hazard.

In addition, it established that the depth of the lake has been reduced in many places due to sedimentation and invasion, and that the continuous night discharge of the soil from the 800 to 900 houseboats causes extreme pollution in the body of water.

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