HC seeks report on Wullar dredging

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Aug 11: The High Court has sought a comprehensive report from Wullar Conservation  and  Management  Authority (WUCMA) with regard to dredging and de-siltation of lake.
The Division Bench after hearing suggestion from amicus on de-siltation and further preventing the lake from future siltation which comes down from river Jehlum, sought a report from WUCMA and with regard to steps taken so far for dredging process and de-siltation in the lake.
Court after perusal of the report of CEO Mansabal, observed, it (report) reflects that the steps are required to be taken for protection of the lake from siltation which according to the amicus has reduced the lake to some extent.
Advocate General has sought  some time which the court granted for apprising it about steps taken by the WUCMA so far. AG has also submitted that the suggestion given by the amicus would take a reasonable time for preparing the DPR for the lake.
Amicus suggested that in order to prevent the lake from siltation which comes down from river Jhelum as such proper plan of action be prepared by the lake authority and furthermore whole lake should be fenced so that no encroachment would take place.
Directorate was already required to identify a suitable person to be stationed at Srinagar to oversee the implementation of Wullar Lake Project. Such a person was required to be specialized and expert in dealing with water bodies.
There is a department of National River Conservation which is a Directorate working under the Environment and Forests, Central  Government.