Stakeholders launch Save Dal campaign

‘It is our collective responsibility to save this famed water body’


Srinagar, Dec 9: In a bid to spread awareness about conservation of world famous Dal Lake, the stakeholders have launched Save Dal Campaign.
 The campaign was launched after a comprehensive meeting of stakeholders comprising Dal dwellers, houseboats owners, civil society members, journalists and representatives of some corporate houses
 The campaign has been initiated by Xpress Group in collaboration with the Earth Infrastructures Ltd.
 On the occasion, the stakeholders dwelt on various measures undertaken by the successive regimes for Dal conservation and underscored the need to expedite the process. They also passed a resolution for involving a foreign agency in the Dal Conservation Project.
 “Dal and other water bodies have faced massive vandalisation foundation of which was laid by filling of Nallah Mar Canal and construction of SKICC,” said Zarief Ahmad Zarief noted poet and president of Valley Citizens Council
 Zarief said in other countries deserts have been converted into lush forests. “Ironically we have so far failed to protect our natural assets including water bodies and lakes. We should not wait for government has least priorities for environmental preservation. In this scenario, It is our collective responsibility to save this famed water body,” Zarief said.
 “It is unfortunate that most of corporate houses in Kashmir have failed to fulfill their social responsibility towards environment,” he added.
 Muhammad Azim Tuman Chairman of Houseboat Owners Association said Dal is bearing the brunt of over-population in Srinagar City. Tuman said installation of iron gates in the outflow channels of Dal in Dalgate, Gow kadal and Nallah Amir Khan contributed to pollution of Dal. “The needle system designed by Lord Every ensured continuous flow of Dal waters. Ironically this was replaced by iron shutters which chocked the Dal,” Tuman said.
 However, Tuman maintained that the chairperson of LAWDA Irfan Yasin has during past few years undertaken some important conservation measures including dredging in Gilsar. “But the efforts need to be expedited with participation of houseboat owners and lake dwellers,” he added. 
 Abdul Hamid Wangnoo general secretary of HBOA accused the government of targeting houseboat owners.
 Muhammad Yaqoob Dunoo spokesman of Mission Kashmir said unless people of Dal and not properly rehabilitated all conservation measures are futile. “Authorities have snatched right to live of Dal dwellers. We are not even allowed to undertake repairs. This is sheer discrimination with us. We will continue to fight for our rights and restoring Dal to its pristine glory,” he said.
 Earlier the Chief Executive Officer of Xpress Group advocate Nadeem Qadri said Dal Lake has been the iconic symbol of Kashmir’s splendour beauty and landscape for ages and symbolises the image of pristine fresh water lakes world over.
 “As an endeavor to save nature and the beauty of world famous Dal Lake, Xpress Group and Earth Infrastructures Ltd. through Save Dal Campaign believe in making all the stake holders of Dal Lake aware of its historical, environmental and economical significance so that a sense of responsibility would develop amongst them. We will be holding awareness and cleanliness camps in and around the Dal lake,” Qadri said.
 The AGM Sales and Marketing Earth Infrastructure LTd (J &K) Dhan Bahadur Tamang said by virtue of Corporate Social Responsibility, the company has decided to support the Save Dal Campaign. “Our company is known for its innovative and green projects which are developed with the motive of serving planet earth with energy sufficient structures. Earth Infrastructures Ltd is one of the founding members of India Green Building Council and we are committed to ensure preservation of environment while undertaking our projects,” he added.
 On the occasion Arif Shafi Wani senior editor of Greater Kashmir was presented with Green Journalist Award in recognisation of his contribution as journalist in the conservation of Dal Lake. The award was presented by Zarief Ahmad Zarief.
  Among others who were awarded on the occasion included Chairman HBOA Muhammad Azim Tuman, spokesman Mission Kashmir Muhammad Yaqoob Dunoo. Besides Gulzar Ahmad a dal dweller who has acted in an international film was also felicitated.  

Lastupdate on : Sun, 9 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 9 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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