Authorities sit on dumping of construction material around Dal lake

In absence of monitoring by authorities, tipper drivers unauthorisedly dump construction material during night hours in various areas falling under the domain of Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA).
Authorities sit on dumping of construction material around Dal lake
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In absence of monitoring by authorities, tipper drivers unauthorisedly dump construction material during night hours in various areas falling under the domain of Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA).

Some unscrupulous tippers drivers ferry maximum number of loaded vehicles to dump the material for facilitating illegal constructions in Dal Lake and its catchment areas. 

"It is usually after 11pm that tippers drivers use Jogilankar, Saida Kadal, Hazratbal, Foreshore, Shalimar routes to dump the construction material to facilitate illegal constructions. In absence of any monitoring, they also manage to reach Batpora, Nishat and Nehru Park areas through these routes," said witnesses. 

They said that the night hours suit them as in present weather conditions less number of private or public vehicles ply on roads. 

"The roads are clear and officials are also not present on roads to check the illegal activity. As the roads remain deserted, these tippers exceed speed limit to ferry maximum number of loaded vehicles," they added. 

They said that authorities have so far failed to take steps to stop entry of construction material into Dal. 

Locals demand that authorities must set up teams to take action against the unscrupulous tipper drivers. 

Pertinently, the movement of tippers in Srinagar is allowed from 7 pm to prevent traffic jams. By virtue of High Court orders, LAWDA is empowered to prevent unauthorised movement of tippers laden with construction material in prohibited zones of the lake. 

The High Court has banned constructions within 200 metres from the lake. LAWDA is authorized to seize the vehicle which unauthorisedly carries construction material in the prohibited areas of the lake. 

DSP (Enforcement) LAWDA Suhail Reshi, said stringent action would be taken against the tipper drivers found ferrying the construction material along Dal without proper permission.

"We will form the teams and ensure that construction material is not dumped in or around the lake. We will seize the tippers and arrest its drivers if they are found illegally carrying the material," the DSP said.  

"We had received complaints that a number of tipper drivers manage to ferry construction material in Dal and had seized them." he added.  

Meanwhile, an official said that CCTV cameras will be installed around Dal peripheries shortly to keep a check on encroachments and illegal constructions.

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