‘Houseboats to get biodigesters soon’

In order to provide best technology for houseboat waste management, the Tourism department is preparing a detailed project report, which envisages providing customized bio-digester tanks to the houseboat owners.
‘Houseboats to get biodigesters soon’
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In order to provide best technology for houseboat waste management, the Tourism department is preparing a detailed project report, which envisages providing customized bio-digester tanks to the houseboat owners.

In this regard, secretary Tourism, Rigzian Sampheal, Saturday held a meeting here today with a team of scientists from Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to discuss waste management proposals with them.

Laying emphasis on the importance of keeping the Dal Lake clean, secretary Tourism said the lake is not only important for tourism but is also the state's identity which needs to be protected.

He said under Swachh Bharat Mission, the department of Tourism has taken upon itself to tackle the sanitation issues in and around Dal Lake by finding a holistic solution to the issue.

The DRDO team is on a visit to Srinagar to conduct a feasibility study of all aspects of the waste management.  "On the basis of their report, a DPR encompassing solutions to the proper waste management and on installing bio-digester technology will be formulated," the Secretary said.

Director Tourism Kashmir Tasaduq Jeelani informed the meeting that over 900 houseboats are registered with the Department whose eco-friendly waste management is necessary. 

Pertinently, the former Governor N N Vohra had directed Financial commissioner Housing and Urban Development Department, to urgently formulate the separate sanitation proposals for the House Boats anchored to the shoreline and those moored in the open water expanse.

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