Government says Dal shrinking

Greater Kashmir

Jammu, Mar 13: The famous Dal lake is shrinking due to encroachment which has been going on for the last 50 years, Jammu and Kashmir Housing and Urban Development Minister Tariq Hammed Karra told the Legislative Council today.
In a written reply to a query of Sofi Ghulam Muhammad, MLC, the Minister said the depth of Dal lake was 45 feet 50 years before but it had reduced to an average depth of 4.5 feet (1.2 metres) only.
The surrounding area of the lake was 15,961 kanals in the fifties, which has also shrunk due to the encroachments, he said and added the water of the lake had also become dirty due to pollution.
Meanwhile, an official spokesman today said Centre has sanctioned Rs 298.76 crore for maintenance of the Dal Lake under the National Lake Conservation Plan (NLCP).
The amount was sanctioned in September last year, he added.
The spokesman said as of January this year, a total of 22 projects for conservation of 37 lakes have been sanctioned in 10 states at a total estimated cost of about Rs 486 crore.
Conservation works for eight lakes were completed till March last year.
The original outlay for the NLCP during the tenth plan was Rs 220 crore out of which Rs 106 crore have been released till date, he said. UNI