Dal Lake 'shrinking' due to unabated illegal constructions

By Neyaz Elahi 
Srinagar : Due to unabated illegal constructions, the Dal lake is squeezing and shrinking day by day and in future is going to take the shape of cesspool and this will be the death knell for this paradise, particularly Srinagar city, to lose it’s world famous heritage.
   
Locals alleged that during night hours scores of tippers could be spotted ferrying construction material while Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) authorities act as mute spectators. They alleged that LAWDA authorities in connivance with some vested interests are not taking cognizance of this serious issue.
   
 “You please verify yourself. During late hours tipper movement is visible on the famous Boulevard road while some tippers appear from Telbal side. From Dalgate to Telbal and on the fringes of Dal Lake in Rainawari, the illegal constructions are going on,” a local Muhammad Yaseen said 
  
 Another resident Nazir Ahmed said that the restrictions as laid down in the master plans drafted from time to time, have not been implemented strictly by concerned departments responsible for conservation and preservation of Dal. And with the result mushroom of illegal constructions are coming up,” he said.

Locals said that the failure of both administrative system and law enforcing agency and their neck deep involvement in corruption is the main cause that concerned authorities are taking no measures to check the illegal constructions.
   
 Acting vice chairman LAWDA Shafat Noor said that he will inform his enforcement team to ascertain the facts. “We will take stern action against the offenders. We have already passed the instructions to the enforcement team keep a strict vigil and take on spot action against the guilty,” he said.

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