Restore pristine glory of famed Dal Lake in Kashmir, PAC

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Srinagar, May 22 (UNI) To restore the pristine glory of the Dal Lake and ensure its cleanliness, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly has stressed upon the agencies concerned to prepare a sustainable and well-knit programme to attract large number of tourists in the State.

The Committee reviewed the overall progress registered under the Dal Development Project and rehabilitation of Dal dwellers.

An official spokesman said the PAC, which met here today under the chairmanship of National Conference (NC) MLA Mian Altaf Ahmed, held detailed discussions for restoring the original health of this water body.

They also discussed other issues relating to removing of encroachment and remedial steps taken by the concerned agency in this regard.

The Committee also discussed CAG's Audit Report for the year 2005-06 pertaining to Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA).

The LAWDA authorities were directed to finalize the accounting process of the project which is pending for some years.

Secretary Housing and Urban Development Ms Naseema Lanker and Vice Chairman LAWDA while briefing the Committee said that rehabilitation process of dal dwellers is in full swing.

They said that the some families have been rehabilitated in nearby localities of water bodies while it has planned to rehabilitate others near Bemina at Rakh-i-Arth over an area of 7526 kanals.

The meeting was told that upto March 2007, the authorities have been able to make acquisition of 669 and 2064 kanals of wetland.


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