The world famous Dal Lake, which has so far attracted a huge chunk of tourists from all across the globe, is witnessing an encroachment at a large scale, thus putting a question mark over the government’s claims about the preservation of the lake for the future generations.
The interiors of the Dal Lake are almost flooded with the commercials as well the residential structures. The number of these structures is increasing at a rapid pace, but one fails to understand what measures are being taken to curb such happenings.
The erstwhile Lakes And Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) and now Lake Conservation and Management Authority (LCMA) has been issuing statements with regard to the demolition of illegal constructions in and around Dal Lake on regular basis, but one wonders how these structures have been allowed amid such claims in and around the water body.
There are people who accuse the concerned officials of playing a key role in changing the scenario of Dal Lake by allowing the illegal constructions to come up in and around the water body.
The illegal constructions are not only shrinking the water body, but are also resulting in pollution of Dal Lake as well. Pollutants and contaminants from sources such as sewage, waste from houseboats, animal waste, commercial establishments, agricultural run-off have deeply impacted the water quality, making it unfit for domestic and reuse purposes.
In case the prevailing situation continues, the existence of Dal Lake would be a distant dream for the future generations. In such a situation, the government and especially the concerned agency has to play a key role at this juncture to ensure that the illegal structures are not allowed in and around the famous Dal Lake so that the water body is preserved for the future generations.
Every individual has to play its role so that Jewel in the crown of Kashmir is protected and those who are earning their livelihood from the water body are not forced to be jobless.