Expressing dissatisfaction over State Pollution Control Board's remiss to implement its directions on Dal lake, the High Court on Tuesday sought an affidavit from the Board's regional director explaining the steps he has taken for analyzing the water samples from the lake.
"Let the Regional Director Pollution Control Board explain in an affidavit as to what steps had been taken on registering the directions passed by the court for undertaking the process of analyzing the water sampling from the areas already identified by the LAWDA," a division bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey and Justice M K Hanjura said.
Hearing a related Public Interest Litigation, the bench expressed its dissatisfaction on the approach adopted by the SPCB in ensuring compliance of the court directions. The court also directed the regional director to ensure the sampling of water from all the identified areas around the springs within a week and submit report before Registrar Judicial.
The directions came after state's additional advocate general, M A Beigh invited the court's attention to a letter addressed to vice chairman LAWDA by regional director PCB wherein the latter requested the former to identify the spots wherefrom the samples are to be collected jointly by them.
VC LAWDA who was present in the court, however, denied that he has received the communication. In an earlier direction, the court had directed the authorities to detail out the effect of the retrieval of the 56 springs which are on the periphery of the Dal Lake. Fresh water from these springs finds its way into the lake though the quantity is meager.
Observing that the annalistic report of the water samples shows that the water quality is within permissible limits, the court, however, said no permissible limit is shown with respect to ammonical- Nitrogen and ortho- phosphate and sought report in this regard by 30 January next year, the next date of hearing.
With regard to 3D modeling of the floor of the Dal Lake while the LAWDA informed the court that it will take further steps if there are positive results, the court sought status report by the next date of hearing.
The court sought also by the next date of hearing status report about two high powered aerators after it was informed that tendering process for the same shall be completed within a month.
The court appreciated the progress in the removal of lily pads after it was apprised that the operation was extended to the other areas of Dal. VC LAWDA however told the court that the operation has been suspended due to harsh weather and will resume immediately not later than the first week of April.
"We only expect that the authorities shall ensure the progress in continuity and not allow any re-growth which may give a shabby look as witnessed in the previous session," the bench said.
The court sought status report with regard to water sampling from Cheshmashahi spring after it went through the results of the water analysis samples from the spring which were within permissible limits. The court, however, said the authorities have not shown the permissible limits of ammonical nitrogen and ortho phosphate.
The V-C LAWDA informed the court about the proposed awareness programme for preservation of City's water bodies – sensitization of the citizens regarding their participation in cleanliness and preservation measures for sustenance of lake Eco-Logi, door to door campaign, anchoring scheme , dialogue theme and question answer and social actions.
The court however said; "in addition to the awareness programs already taken, it shall be useful to utilize the services of the technology and for this purpose the authority can put all the material on their website and other social media service including electronic media".
Regarding shifting of the Houseboats to Dole Demb area in keeping with its earlier directions, the court sought compliance by the next date of hearing.
In its status report, VC LAWDA said that for procuring of the machinery has been examined by the housing department and on examination it was placed before high level committee and the committee has decided to submit the entire issue to the state cabinet.
VC LAWDA said that the decision has been taken for ensuring procurement of the equipment by utilizing the service of globally recognized expert. "Let the decision with reference to procuring machinery equipment be placed on record with further progress on next date," court said.