Steps being taken to conserve shrinking Wular Lake: J&K govt

Expressing concern over the drastic shrinking of the famous Wular Lake in the Kashmir Valley, the J&K govt said Rs 120 crore have been sanctioned by the Central government for conservation of the state`s largest water body.

Updated: Mar 01, 2011, 22:02 PM IST

Jammu: Expressing concern over the drastic
shrinking of the famous Wular Lake in the Kashmir Valley, the
Jammu and Kashmir government today said Rs 120 crore have been
sanctioned by the Central government for conservation of the
state`s largest water body.

"As per the comparison of topo sheets of 1991 satellite
imageries with those of 2007, the lake area has been reduced
from 159 sq kms to 86.71 sq kms," Minister for Forests,
Environment and Wildlife Mian Altaf Ahmed said in the State
Assembly on Tuesday.

Replying to a question by MY Taing in the Legislative
Council, Ahmad informed the House that Rs 120 crore has been
sanctioned by the Central government under the 13th Finance
Commission for the conservation of the water body in Bandipora
district.

A Wular Lake Development Authority will be constituted
for taking comprehensive measures for its preservation, Ahmad
said.

Responding to the supplementaries raised by Jehangir
Mir and Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, the Minister said the project
for conservation of the Lake has been framed by a renowned
international agency named Wetland International Southland.

He said the comprehensive management plan has been
prepared for the conservation and management of the lake in
which its demarcation and survey has been included.

The decision regarding eviction and re-settlement of
dwellers around the lake will be taken on the completion of
this exercise, Ahmed said, adding, sewerage treatment plants
are proposed to be established in the peripheral towns of the
lake and sanitation units are proposed to be given to the
population living in the vicinity of the lake.

Regarding the extraction of Nelembium and acquiring foods
and fishes from the lake, the Minister said during 2009-10,
hundred quintals of Nelembium crop and 530 quintals of Singara
were extracted from the Wular Lake.

Besides, 6,000 tonnes of fish were extracted by the
registered 2,500 fishermen during the period, he said.

PTI