DAL LAKE CONSERVATION
When BJP pulled out its support to the Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir Dal Lake preservation project was picking pace and the process was going on.
When then Governor N.N Vohra started governing from Raj Bhawan he took keen interest in the preservation and cleaning of Dal Lake and held several meetings of officers to accelerate the process.
When he left the office, Dal preservation project was also left in limbo with no one interested in its preservation especially the administration.
According to the experts Dal Lake expanse has shrunk to an alarming extent it was found in August 2018 to be less than half of its original size, now it has shrunk further.
This continued situation may be blamed on the lack of action on remedial measures suggested after surveys and assessments during then J&K Governor NN Vohra’s tenure. Vohra left the state on August 27, 2018. Virtually no work has been done since he left.
Vohra was alarmed when he inspected the lake on several occasions and voiced his concern over the extraordinary growth of weeds and foliage.
He was passionate to restore the lake’s glory with the help of the Navy and hydrographers, who undertook surveys, made assessments, and gave suggestions.
Vohra had sought the help of the then Navy Chief, Admiral Sunil Lamba, on whose suggestion he roped in Vice-Admiral SK Jha (retd), who is a top hydrographer, and Rajesh Tripathi, CMD of the Dredging Corporation of India, to undertake benchmark surveys in July 2018, these revelations have come in a English daily.