LAWDA undertakes massive deweeding operations in Dal, Nigeen Lakes


SRINAGAR : The J&K Lakes & Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) has undertaken massive program of de-weeding and lily extraction in Dal and Nigeen Lakes, here.

It has been given out that the department has engaged eight Pontoon based machines in Dal Lake near Char Chinari for extraction of lily pads.

The LAWDA has pressed 14 Pontoon machines into service for de-weeding and extraction of lily so far equipped with hi-tech standards. “The extraction work is going on in full swing”, the officials said and added the authorities has engaged more six-machines in Hazratbal basin for lily extraction purpose.

It has been revealed that an area of 0.68 square kilometer Hazratbal basin shall be cleared from lily with the help of these machines while 2.39 square kilometer area in Boulevard and Hazratbal basins has been targeted.

“The authority has taken a pledge to clean the area by ending December this year”, and the process of extraction in 0.68 square kilometer area is going on under the supervision of senior officials of the LAWDA.

Meanwhile, it was informed that LAWDA is going to install tracking devices on Pontoon machines to keep close eye over the functioning of men and machinery.

Dr. Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Vice Chairman, LAWDA is personally monitoring the extraction work and physical inspection of the work is going on daily basis.

According to officials the 0.25 square kilometer area has been achieved while all extracted material is being dumped at Shalimar site.

It was further informed that the process of allotment for extraction of lily in Nigeen Lake for the area of 0.3 square kilometers is under process.


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