JKHC says it is now or never for Dal Lake

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Srinagar, Dec 5 (UNI) The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has expressed serious concern over deteriorating condition of the famous Dal Lake, asserting that officials responsible for its ''miserable'' plight would be severely punished.

A Division Bench, comprising acting Chief Justice Nissar Ahmad Kakru and Justice Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain, said it was ''now or never'' situation for the Lake.

''We are equally concerned over its (Dal Lake) deterioration.

Delinquent officials responsible for its plight will be punished.'' The court, however, said efforts of those officers working sincerely for restoration of Dal Lake would be appreciated.

''The court will be amicable and courteous to those officials who show results towards conservation of the water body. We are not against anybody but want cooperation of officials for restoring the Dal Lake's glory,'' the Bench noted.

Earlier, reports of the Chief Secretary and the Committee regarding compliance of court directions by the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) were submitted to the Bench.

The court would pass directions on Wednesday after thoroughly examining the reports.

Senior advocate Zafar Ahmed Shah, who is also court's Amicus Curie, submitted a report of the State Pollution Control Board to the Bench. The report mentioned dumping of solid waste in Dal Lake and deteriorating water quality due to the flow of sewage.

UNI

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