Srinagar: Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Monday organised awareness program regarding cleaning of Dal Lake that shall be organized in collaboration with LAWDA, Srinagar Smart City Limited, J&K Forest Department, SDRF and Youth Service and Sports Department. Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta was the Chief Guest on this occasion.
Speaking on the occasion Chief Secretary Mehta said Dal is a life line and we will clean it, adding therein that ‘It is a mission and we will set a dead line to complete this mission till it will be in its pristine glory’. He complimented for having installed 24 machines in the Dal for its cleaning and said that by next years May June the Mission Dal would be completed. Besides Mehta said that people’s / community participation is imperative in conserving and cleaning the Lake. He said that we should start a joint campaign under My Dal Clean Dal in which people living around Dal, Dal dwellers and the citizens of the city should jointly make efforts to launch various cleanliness drives for reviving of Dal and all other wet lands. He further said besides Dal every initiative ad possible measures would be soon taken to revive and conserve all other wet lands/lakes .
Principal Secretary to Housing and Urban Development Department Mr Deeraj Gupta who was the guest of the Honor on the occasion said it is encouraging that besides being taken various initiatives and projects for cleaning of Dal and other water bodies that if people voluntarily will spurr into action for cleaning water bodies in their neighbourhoods – from Dal lake. He further said locals movement including participatory approach of one and all , people from schools, universities, Colleges, Government/ Private institutions is always a great move and a welcoming step to revive these wetlands and water bodies. Principal Chief Secretary Forest Mohit Gera, VC Lawda Bashir Ahmed Bhat, Director Youth Services and Sports Gazanfar Ali and other dignitaries were present on the occassion. The main programs of Sanitation and Cleanliness drive in and arround Dal Lake and Water Channels , Water sports in Dal, Painting Competition, Dal Lake ideation _ workshop for discussion and Idea Sharing were organised in Panun- Dal Fest. Among speakers who spoke on Ideathon on Conservation of Dal Lake were Professor Shakeel Ramshoo, Professor Dr Nazim Kashmir University, Dr Jahangir , Chairman NLCO Mr Manzoor Ahmed Wangnoo, Mr GR SIAH , Mr Naushaad Gaurav. A musical concert was also organised to raise awareness about cleanliness and conservation during te event. Chief Secretary at the conclusion of the event felicitated the winners of art competition.