Taking undue advantage of the present unrest, the unscrupulous persons are leaving no stone unturned to construct illegal structures and encroach portions of Dal Lake.
The unlawful activities in and around this famous water body has pained one and all. Civil society groups have urged the authorities to take cognizance of the encroachments and make all possible efforts to stop them.
"Illegal structures are coming up at Saida Kadal, Nishat, Shalimar, Hazratbal, Dalgate and its adjacent areas. They are also coming up in the interior localities of Dal," said eye witnesses adding that at Saida Kadal some influential persons are also using political pressure on concerned authorities to not take any action under law against them.
"Construction material is ferried in trucks and load carriers during night. The illegal structures don't only come up on private property, but the vested interests are encroaching portions of Dal Lake. When the locals resist the moves of encroachers, they are threatened". In interior of Dal, some miscreants have started filling up the portion of lake.
"They do it to add that portion to their plots. It is very unfortunate that at a time when entire Kashmir is burning, these miscreants are damaging our heritage," said locals.
Secretary LAWDA Nisar Ahmad Malik said that the authority's Enforcement Wing is functional in the field.
"During present unrest, we have filed 53 FIRs against violators and demolished 46 structures," he said. "Let people come to us and name the influential persons whose illegal structure has not been touched. Law is equal for all and there is no political pressure in implementing it equally".
Malik said that the divisional administration has also made the names of alleged violators' public through newspapers and asked them to appear before High court and explain as to why they shall not be punished for violating HC directions.
Pertinently, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed all Deputy Commissioners to ensure no construction is raised on water bodies within their territorial jurisdiction.