A Legislative Assembly Committee on Environment on Sunday made an observational visit to Dal Lake, its catchment area to review its cleaning operations and other related issues.
Led by the committee Chairman Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, the team included legislators Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, Bashir Ahmed Dar, Usman Abdul Majid, Ishfaq Ahmed Sheikh, Shamima Firdous and Vice-Chairman, Lakes and Waterways Development Agency (LAWDA) Dr Hafiz Shah.
The members during the tour witnessed ongoing cleaning of Lilly patches, both manually and mechanically. The
committee recommended western foreshore for delineation of the western boundary to prevent ingress from that side.
They also recommended developmental work on Badshahi canal, which will add fresh water to the Nigeen lake.
The committee suggested to look for alternate options for water resources in order to reduce the strain on lake water due to withdrawal of water for Nishat (20 MGD) and Pakribal (4MGD) filtration plant.
The committee also advocated rejuvenation of Sharaab Kuel and withdrawal of water from Sindh extension canal in order to augment fresh water supplies to the lake along the boulevard.
To turn the on-going cleaning process more result-oriented, the committee recommended speedy funding for relocation of inhabitants and houseboats.
The committee strongly proposed procuring more lake cleaning machines, besides, regularisation of consolidated employees working in LAWDA and increasing their daily wages.
On the occasion, VC, LAWDA, briefed the committee about the operations going on in the Dal lake to regain its lost glory.
Dr Shah also informed that committee that besides, cleaning machines more than 1300 labourers are currently employed in cleaning operation of Dal lake.