Innovative Lake Management in Raj gets praise from experts

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Jaipur, Oct 31 (UNI) The ''innovative lake management framework" evolved during the campaign of restoration of famous Mansagar (Jal Mahal) lake of Jaipur and its replication in five more lakes inlcuding Pichola Lake(Udaipur) and Pushkar(Ajmer) have earned appreciation at the ongoing World Lake Conferene here.

Environmentalists Paritosh Gupta, KK Mathur and Ashish Dua, in their paper which they submitted at the conference, highlighted experiences and lessons from Mansagar Lake Conservation Programme and its subsequent replication as Pichola and Fatehsagar Lakes in Udaipur, Pushkar and Anasagar lakes in Ajmer and Nakki Lake in Mt Abu with an estimated total investment of Rs 220 crore.

''The Mansagar Lake Conservation and Jal Mahal restoration works provided learning from comprehensive and integrated management of lakes in which the government had partnered with private sector operators in managing the lakes,'' the experts observed.

Every aspect of the programme viz. city land use plan, sewerage, water supply as well as solid waste management plans were carefully incorporated in the lake conservation plan.

''This arrangement leverages National Lake Development Programme funds to revive the lake environs without loading local bodies with high maintenance costs and supporting local revenue generation opportunities to ensure reversal of lake deterioration in future'', the experts observed.

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