EC express concern over degradation of water bodies

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Srinagar, Jun 18: Expressing concern over degradation of environment and shrinking of water bodies in the state, Environment Committee (EC) has directed the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) and other agencies to take immediate measures to conserve them.

The EC of the Legislative Assembly, headed by Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, directed the LAWDA not to allow any construction activities around 200 meters periphery of Dal Lake, an official spokesman said today.

It also directed for restoration of pristine glory of world famous Dal Lake, a main source of tourist attraction.

He said the Committee reviewed the steps taken by the LAWDA to conserve the Dal Lake and other water bodies.

It appreciated the progress achieved on various fronts and asked for a well knit programme to permanently get rid of vegetation which has endangered the health of Dal Lake.

The Committee stressed for involvement of technical experts for eradicating the wild grass and vegetation which have rapid growth in water.

In order to stop further encroachment of Dal Lake, the Committee suggested for proper demarcation of area. The LAWDA should strictly enforce the ban on construction activities around 200 meters periphery of Dal, the Committee maintained.

In view of expansion of industrial units at various places, the Committee directed the Wild Life Protection Department to ensure proper protection of all wild life sanctuaries in the state.

It also directed the Pollution Control Board to ensure that all permissions for establishing new industries should be given after observing the required para-meters.

The Board should ensure constant monitoring of existing units to implement pollution norms, the Committee asserted.

UNI

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