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Govt rapped for ''apathy'' to lake conservation schemes

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New Delhi, Apr 4 (UNI) Underlining that lakes are crucial in sustaining the environmental health of the country, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Forest and Environment has rapped the Government for its ''apathy and lackadaisical attitude'' to schemes for conservation of lakes.

The Committee in its latest report said it was anguished to note that the Ministry of Forest and Environment had not come out with any specific targets to be achieved during a particular period.

''They are moving without any specific targets and objectives,'' the report said.

It said that action taken by the Ministry under the National Lake Conservation Plan(NLCP) was absolutely inadequate.

''It is constrained to say that a big project like the NLCP, which could play a significant role in restoring the environmental health of the country, is suffering due to apathy and lackadaisical attitude of the Central and State governments,'' the Committee said.

Very little seems to have been done for cleaning of lakes and a lot of time has been consumed in preparing action plan for discussing cost factors, it said.

The NCPL was initiated in June, 2001 with the objective to restore and conserve polluted and degraded lakes. During the four years since the inception of the scheme, 20 projects for conservation of 35 lakes at an estimated cost of about Rs 164 crore have been approved.

The activities covered under the programme include prevention of pollution from the source, diversion and treatment of pollution load entering the lake, insitu conservation measures like desilting, deweeding, bioremediation, biomanipulation, construction of wetland for nutrient development including beautification and public recreation facilities, public awareness and participation besides site specific activities.

However, the committee found that not much progress had been made in conservation efforts after the approval.

UNI NAZ PK HT1625

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