Dy CM calls for coordinated efforts to keep Dal lake clean


Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today toured various areas of the Dal Lake to get firsthand experience of the cleaning operations of the waterbody undertaken by LAWDA.
He was accompanied by minister of State for Housing &Urban Development, Asiea Naqash, minister of State for Power, Hajj and Auqaf, Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi and MLC Surinder Ambardar.
VC LAWDA, Dr Hafiz Shah, VC SDA, Commissioner SMC, and other concerned officers accompanied the minister.
On the occasion, Dr. Singh said that all stakeholders must join hands to save the prized heritage of Kashmir. He said that everyone is an equal stakeholder in keeping the Dal Lake clean and free from pollution.
He said Dal Lake is one of the main attractions for the tourists and underscored the need for keeping it clean. 
He said that Government is committed to provide employment opportunities to youth and boost trade and tourism in Kashmir.
He said that all the facilities would be provided to the inhabitants of Rakh-e-Arath and directed officers to ensure timely relocation of all Dal dwellers.
On the occasion, Asiea Naqash said that keeping the Dal clean is the responsibility of all the stakeholders. She said workers engaged in the extraction of weeds from the Lake have put in their hard work and  appreciated their efforts. 
She expressed satisfaction with the 2.8km long cleaning operation carried out in the Dal Lake and hoped that cleaning operation would continue till the lost glory of the water body is restored.
VC LAWDA said that deweeding operations are going on in the Dal Lake. He said besides machines, more than 1300 labourers are currently deployed in the cleaning operations.

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