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Cooperate with LAWDA: HC

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Dec 7: The High Court today said it is a collective responsibility of people and particularly of those living around lake to cooperate with Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) so that the Dal is saved from further deterioration.
The Division Bench of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey directed for Environmental Impact Assessment Study of western for shore road and four lanning of the Boulevard road and its impact on the lake.
“It was also made clear that in case R&B department had already got the assessment done, then report shall be submitted to the Court. If it  has not been done. Same be done by or before next date”, the DB directed.
With regard to 3D modeling of the floor of the lake, it is stated that the matter is under consideration before the H&UDD and court sought latest status in this behalf by or before next date.
Regarding retrieving of springs on the shore of Dal lake, 56 springs are stated to have been retrieved and the process of retrieval of other springs has been started and the authorities in this connection were asked as to what is the effect of retrieval of these 56 springs.
The Vice Chairman of LAWDA informed the court that the scientific wing will explore possibility for the same. “In addition, we direct SPCB to explore the possibility of taking proper samples for analysis and to report the results thereof by or before the next date”, the DB directed.
Regarding the removal of Lily pads from the area lying to the right of navigation channel from SKICC to NPL bund, court has been informed the said process is in progress and unwanted weeds have been removed.
Court has been informed that the dweeding activity has been extended to outflow channel to Tsuntikul and Khawajyarbal areas. “In this behalf latest status be filed by or before next date”, DB directed.
Meantime, the VC LAWDA apprised the court that a design has been prepared for spreading awareness amongst common masses about health of Lake and measures to be taken by the people for saving the Lake. He has been asked to make the design result oriented.
It is also stated before the court that awareness programme have been designed which shall include to appeal to the general public that to pollute or to cause any damage to the lake is unbearable. “There must be an appeal to the general public that Dal lake which has already shrinked is saved so as to leave something for posterity to remember and enjoy”, Court said.
The VC submitted that before the design for spreading awareness among common masses is finalized, same will be shown to the court also for suggestions regarding any addition or alteration.
With regard to acquisition of more machines for deweeding and uprooting of lily pads from the lake, VC has submitted that the matter has already been taken up with the H&UDD and same has now been proposed to be placed before the State Cabinet. Court in this behalf sought latest status by or before next date and ordered listing of the matter by December 26.

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