Ongoing works in Dal, Nigeen lakes inspected

Chairman, Environment Committee, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Mr. Nizam-u-Din Bhat has said that Dal and Nigeen lakes are national assets and natural beauty of the valley is incomplete without these glorious lakes. 
Mr. Nizam-ud-Din was addressing a high level officers meeting here today, soon after thorough inspection of ongoing restoration and development works under execution in these two lakes.
Stressing for saving these water-bodies from pollution, shrinkage and other damaging factors, Mr. Nizam-ud-Din said that lot of work has been done and more efforts need to be put in to discourage construction of houses, growth of weeds, mushrooming of vegetable gardens and occurrence of azolia in these lakes. 
Members of the Committee which include legislators Nasir Alsam Wani, Radhay Sham Sharma, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Shamima Firdous, Durga dass, Javid Ahmad Dar, Peerzada Mansoor Hussain, Sukhnandan Kumar, Indu Pawar, Baldev Raj and Mushtaq Ahmad Shah and senior officers which include Commissioner/Secretary Housing and Urban Development Department Mrs. Naseema Lankar, Chairman Pollution Control Board Mr. Lal Chand, Joint Commissioner of SMC, Mr. Tufail Matoo and Chief Engineer UEED, Mr. Ashwani Kumar Sharma accompanied the Chairman during his visit.
Expressing his concern over the attempts to encroach and spoil the ecology of these lakes, Mr. Nizam-ud-Din said that with generous flow of funds and expertise available, these lakes could be restored to their pristine glory.
Referring to the Environment Committee constituted for the purpose, Mr. Nizam-ud-Din said that this committee shall leave no stone unturned in identifying the reasons of degradation of environment in and around these lakes and also shall submit a comprehensive report with tangible suggestions to the government so that it is in a position to take stringent measures for restoration of these lakes within the shortest possible time.
Earlier, Chairman inspected functioning of Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) at Nishat Laam and STP, Hazratbal. 
Later, Vice Chairman LAWDA, Mr. Irfan Yasin gave a power point presentation at Nigeen Club about the works under execution in Dal and Nigeen lakes.
Several members interacted with the concerned officers and gave concrete suggestions for future plan of action.


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