Dal Essential For Tourism, Ecology: Sagar17 November 2010
Srinagar: Equating Dal and Nagin as one of the important parameters for the promotion of tourism and sustaining the eco system of the City, the Minister for Rural Development, Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar has said that the government is committed to restore the pristine glory of this world famous lake. The Minister was interacting with scores of deputations on whose request the minister conducted the tour of Nagin Lake and Brari-Nambal. The areas visited include Khawaja Yarbal, Amda Kadal, Bahrar, Bagwanpora and other catchment areas of the lake. Sagar was accompanied by Vice chairman LAWDA, Irfan Yaseen, Chief Engineer, Irrigation and PHE and other senior officers of various departments. The Minister said that all out efforts have been carried on by the government for the preservation and restoration of this lake and also asked the people living on its catchment areas to contribute their bit by actively cooperating with the various government agencies like LAWDA etc so that the programme can be fully implemented. He said that the people have to understand that there sustenance depends on these water bodies as they generate enormous tourism and also serve as water reservoirs for the city. Sagar also inspected the pace of work on the STPs being constructed at Pokhribal with an estimated cost of Rs. 12 crore and was told that more than the half work has been completed. He was also told that due to the sustained efforts of LAWDA two square kilometres have been added to the lake. Earlier, the Minister while chairing the meeting of Rogi Kalyan Samiti of the Khanyar constituency asked the officers to ensure that the benefits of this scheme reaches the targeted populous and the funds so received should be utilized in a proper and systematic manner. It was decided in a meeting that one ambulance for Gousia Hospital, purchase of Urine Analyzer, digitized X-Ray plant, noiseless genset and vacation of shopkeepers and their proper rehabilitation would be done. The Minister also cleared the purchase of auto analyzer, a new ambulance, a provision of providing central heating to the newly constructed blocks. For SR Gunj Hospital, it was decided to purchase nebulizer for Asthma patients, retinoscope for ophthalmic patients, auto analyzer and other related accessories. Sagar directed the officers to ensure that the patients coming to these hospitals get the requisite medical facilities within the shortest possible time. He also asked them to ensure proper maintenance of various life saving equipments and machines.