Project On Conservation Of Dal Lake Gets Underway

Project On Conservation Of Dal Lake Gets Underway

27 February 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)


Srinagar: A multi-disciplinary project on the conservation of Dal Lake, sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme, has started. Kashmir University in collaboration with the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE), a globally recognised Bangalore-based environmental think-tank, will soon hold consultations with the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation and houseboat owners. Head of the Botany Department, Kashmir University, Manzoor Shah, who is also the project coordinator, told The Tribune that the action plan of the project would be completed in the next three months after consultations with various stakeholders. Shah said it was felt that various efforts afoot by the state and private agencies for Dal Lake conservation had not proved fruitful enough, hence there was a need for a consolidated move aimed to restore the pristine glory of world-famous Dal Lake. “The project which will touch various aspects of the lake conservation, including saving the Dal Lake area, cleaning the lake, engineering aspects and rehabilitation of lake dwellers,” Shah added. He added, “The Central government has taken up the issue with the Bangalore-based environment agency.” The project will focus on all major areas concerning the Dal Lake, including watershed and natural resource management, biodiversity, technical engineering, water quality, socio-cultural aspects, economics, livelihood, conservation education, policy and governance, under various working groups having members from within and outside the state. Besides, critical review of the previous works on Dal Lake and evaluation of their failures and successes, if any, will be carried out under the project.