Srinagar, Apr 21: The Jammu and Kashmir Lakes and Waterways Development Authority has launched a massive drive to clean the world famous Dal Lake, the most attractive tourist destination in the city.
However, despite instructions by Minister for Finance and Urban Development Tariq Hamid Karra to engage 1000 boats for cleaning the poisonous weed algae in the water body, LAWDA has pressed into service only 250 boats so far.
A UNI correspondent who visited the Lake today saw machines and workers in boats removing the weed algae from the water body, which was reduced to 15 km as against more than 40 km a few decades ago.
Besides removing the poisonous weeds, polythene and other garbage will also be removed from the Lake with the help of three machines and 250 boats during the month-long drive.
Mr Karra also ordered disciplinary action against the officers concerned who engaged only 250 boats despite the Minister's order to deploy 1000 boats.
However, Vice-Chairman, LAWDA, Mir Naseem said the Dal has been in 33 sections. Out of these, cleansing of 29 sections has been taken in hand.