Srinagar, Dec 21: In order to accelerate the pace of the works being carried out for restoration of historical Water bodies in the District, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad today chaired a meeting to review the progress of restoration measures undertaken for Khushalsa, Gilsar and its adjoining water bodies.
The DC stressed on concerned officers to speed up the measures undertaken to revive decades-old glory of the historic water bodies in Srinagar. He directed them to carry out the dredging and cleaning work in the other parts of the Khushalsar and Gilsar.
Asad asked the concerned Revenue authorities to launch a massive anti encroachment drive along the Khushalsar, Gilsar and other water bodies and demolish all illegal structures. He further directed to carry out upstream interventions to arrest silt load at source, thereby reducing siltation of water bodies.
The DC also asked the officers to conduct a survey regarding identification of lost water springs in the peripheries of the water bodies in the City. He also directed for taking immediate measures for the restoration and rejuvenation of 16 water springs of Srinagar District in a time bound manner.
He said all possible measures shall be taken for revival of defunct springs by the removal of sediments and garbage to restore freshwater supply through inlets for maintaining the health of around water bodies.
Stressing that community participation for long term preservation, maintenance and sustainability of all water Bodies, the DC asked to involve local population who are actual guardians and have a pivotal role in identification of encroachments and in conservation of these historical water bodies.
He also directed NBCC authorities present on the occasion to prepare an efficient and viable DPR for comprehensive sewerage treatment plant along all the historical water bodies in Srinagar so that long term measures are taken for the restoration, conservation and maintenance of Khushal, Gilsar, Vicharnag, Anchar, Nigeen and Nala-e Amir Khan.