Central Pollution Control Board team reviews Dal conservation

Extends Scientific Support To LAWDA For Lake’s Restoration

ARIF SHAFI WANI

Srinagar, Dec 6: A high-level team of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) made an on-the-spot assessment of conservation works in the Dal Lake here and will soon recommend measures for speedy and sustained restoration of the water body.
 During its three-day visit which concluded today, the CPCB team led by its Chairman Prof. S. P. Gautam reviewed various works in the Dal following directions by Jammu and Kashmir High Court to the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) to get its Sewage Treatment Plants around the lake and other scientific works evaluated by the central body.
 During its visit, the three-member team made on-the-spot-assessment of STPs at Lam, Nishat and Habak besides buffer zones and wetlands in Dal catchments. The team also assessed water quality in Dal and inspected floating sewers connected with some houseboats in Nigeen Lake.
 “We have thoroughly reviewed the Dal conservation works and will give our recommendations in shape of a comprehensive report soon,” Chairman CPCB Prof. S. P. Gautam told Greater Kashmir in an exclusive interview.
 Prof Gautam said the CPCB will give full support to LAWDA in its endeavor to check pollution of the lake and its long-term scientific management. “We can train scientists of LAWDA and provide it necessary guidelines for effective scientific management of the lake,” Prof Gautam said.
 Additional Director and Senior Scientist CPCB, Dr DD Basu expressed satisfaction over the Dal conservation works. “We have examined various works across the country including river Ganga conservation. But the work done by LAWDA, given the immense magnitude of problems associated with Dal, is satisfactory,” Dr Basu said.
 He termed the placement of floating sewer pipes to carry sewage of houseboats in Nigeen as an excellent concept. “It should be replicated in Dal Lake to tap sewage of houseboats there,” he said.
 Dr Basu underscored the need for proper management of weeds in Dal. “There is need to fully understand ecology of the lake and differentiate between beneficial and harmful weeds and water ferns,” he said.
 Elaborating, Dr Basu said there are many weeds in Dal which are of high medicinal value. “We need to explore and market them to make the Dal conservation self-sustainable. But it is only possible after comprehensive scientific studies of Dal,” he said.
 The CPCB team also collected water samples from Dal Lake and STPs for testing at its laboratory.
 The LAWDA Vice-Chairperson Irfan Yasin said the CPCB team agreed to extend scientific support for Dal conservation.
 “To ensure speedy restoration of Dal, we are in touch with scientists across the Country. The CPCB team has shared valuable inputs with us regarding the lake’s conservation and extended scientific support to us. We have requested the CPCB Chairman to regularly monitor our conservation measures for ensuring the lake’s effective scientific management,” Irfan said.
 Pertinently, earlier this year the Government of Rajasthan adopted Dal Lake as a model for restoration of its lakes and deputed a six-member team to learn about conservation measures in the lake. In October this year, a two-member team from the Chandigarh Administration made an on-the-spot assessment of Dal Lake to adopt de-weeding mechanism to restore Sukhna Lake which has been affected by heavy weed infestation.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Dec 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Dec 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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