In response to `Decaying Dal' by Fida Iqbal

While reading the article entitled “Decaying Dal” Shri Fida Iqbal, a cursory reading of the write up exposes personal vendetta and venom resulting in wild allegations motivated by reasons other than scientific and rational. Starting with the title “Decaying Dal”, the word decay in respect of a water body is to be justified by explanations that are scientific. Sir Francis Younghusband is right when he says that the lake is most beautiful till early May, it continues to be so even now.  A drive from Dalgate to Habak  would justify the splendor and beauty explained by Sir Francis Younghusband in the year 1908 today as well. Any person who writes on a subject as serious as Dal Lake should have the basic understanding of lake sciences which it is very sorry to point out the author has not been able to demonstrate in his write up. The author on the other hand is more on generalized accusations about corruption, which no sensible and well meaning person can make in public domain with such sweeping charges that are unsubstantiated against the political system as well as the administration. As a commoner, I and we all should know the hard and impossible targets for Dal Conservation which the LWDA had exercised in the last so many years should not go unnoticed. As a resident of Dal vicinity, I know that LWDA dredged out land masses spread from Nishat to Habak and added water expanse to the lake which I suppose, the author doesn’t know. The dredging of land mass and removal of peechi, radhs, nur inside the lake inside the lake recently has also resulted in water expanse and cleanliness of the lake. The revival of the Tshunti Khul, an important outflow of Dal Lake, which was totally knocked down with garbage and other fillings got revived after the interventions of LWDA only. Similarly, Pokhribal was cleaned from shoals and other unwanted floating material by LWDA only, as has been appreciated by the residents of that area. The sewerage of peripheral areas from Dalgate to Habak doesn’t fall into the lake now, as it used to be, due to the construction of Sewage Treatment Plants and their efficacy has been successfully met as can be seen by the research work done by any common person in the Dal waters.   
It is expected of a conscious citizen that whenever such charges are leveled, these are substantiated with specific facts. There are agencies of the government to whom such specific references could be made for investigation Instead of making wild allegations in news papers. It is an unfortunate commentary on the system that persons who are the product of nepotism and proximity to the political system feel no shame in complaining about the same level. The write up is at best a monolog of allegations and a failed attempt to demean an organization that has done commendable work in most of the areas related to conservation of the lake. The Dal Lake, being a natural lake, is bound to change as other natural bodies. But due to the interventions made by the LWDA, its aging has been delayed. There are certain areas, however, in which the LWDA is lagging, one of which is the rehabilitation of Dal dwellers. It is expected that the LWDA shall pace up the rehabilitation process and relocate the dwellers outside the lake. The LWDA should also pace up the work on construction of STPs that will cater to the excess sewage coming out of the Rainawari and Lal Bazar areas.
It is very unfortunate that write ups like these find space in prestigious newspapers of the state who over a period of time have evolved into institutions of excellence. It is only possible in a place like ours that anybody can write on anything and the subjects about which they do not even have a minimum standard of understanding and can let their imagination go wild and get away with un-substantiated accusations. Criticism, as far as it goes healthy, should be encouraged and criticism like this which is definitely provoking in nature rather than giving a public grievance to the Authority, is sad and should be discouraged. 

Azhar Aftab

Lastupdate on : Tue, 19 Apr 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 19 Apr 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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