JAMMU, OCT 5: Lauding the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for her decision to monitor herself cleaning up of the Dal lake periodically, S.S.Bijral former IGP and BJP state spokesperson has said that it has awakened a hope of the public sharing hopelessness of restoring and securing pristine glory of ‘pearl in crown of Kashmir’. The crying need is not to bemoan but save dying Dal Lake, he said.
He said, “For conservation of Dal and Nigeen lakes in Srinagar, J&K Lakes and Waterways Development Authority, vide Govt. Order no. 117 of HUD dated April 11, 1997, an autonomous body was created. Even after spending over R500 crores in last over a decade the situation is painful.”
S.S.Bijral former IGP and BJP state spokesperson said there are little chances that ‘pearl in the crown of Kashmir’ Dal Lake is famously known, shall be conserved for future generations.
Dal Lake, second largest in state is divided into four basins: Small Dal, Big Dal, Gagribal, and Nigeen. It has a shore area of 15.5 sq km and covers 22-24 sq km including floating garden of lotus bloom.
Bijral said that Dal lake would be saved only when people see ‘dying Dal’ staring into their eyes and Govt awakens to its responsibility of sparing society from disastrous ecological consequences.
Paying kudos to students of Department of Tourism Studies of Central University Kashmir who held a street play ‘Aakhin Naad By Dal’ for public awareness, Bijral said that educated youth should lead the masses in society and nation building programmes.