Remove Dal dwellers who received compensation but still live in lake: Governor

Srinagar, July 17: Governor N.N. Vohra has directed administration to initiate the identification and removal of all the Dal lake dwellers that are still living in their previous habitations despite receiving compensations.

“Divisional commissioner Kashmir shall also prepare a list of fresh encroachments/ master Plan violations within the entire Dal Lake area on urgent basis,” Vohra said while chairing a meeting to review the ongoing Dal-Nageen Lake Conservation, Management and Rehabilitation programmes.

Governor also directed the Chief Secretary to review all issues pertaining to the preservation of Dal Lake and especially examine the economic viability of the proposal for the construction of 20,000 dwelling units at Rakh-i-Arth for Dal dwellers, to be executed by the J&K Housing Board.

After reviewing the cleaning and de-weeding programmes of  Dal Lake, Governor directed that the cleaning of Dal Lake must commence immediately, but no later than 25th July.

Lakes and Waterways Department Authority (LAWDA) has been directed to formulate a concrete proposal for the effective sewage disposal of 900 House Boats, assess capacity of existing sewage treatment plants, existing demand and determine the number and capacity of all those who had encroached on the Lake; list all issues regarding the relocation of all those who had encroached on the Lake; list all those who have been rehabilitated and have returned to the Lake; prepare a list of all building/refer sanctions issued since 1-1-17; immediately organise satellite mapping of the entire Dal Lake area, once every month.

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