Aqib Ahmad 
Srinagar, July 11: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday directed Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) to have 3D countering process with the help of latest scientific methods to determine the water level of Dal Lake, the flagship of Kashmir’s tourism.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed also expressed serious concern over “deteriorating condition of water quality” of the lake, observing that 50 million litres of sewage find its place into water body daily with only 30 mn litres treated by Sewerage Treatment Plants.
As per the hearing started, the court, in terms of 100-year-old map and photographs, was apprised that the total area of Dal lake was about 24 Sq Kms, out of which 12.5 Sq Kms was water body. “7.89 Sq Kms is wet land as well as flouting gardens and remaining area has spread on residential locality.”
In so far water, the court was informed by LAWDA that it was not altered so much. However, the court said that it would be subject to contrary of any scientific analysis.
“In order to find the volume of water in the lake it would be necessary to have 3D contouring process on surface of lake,” the court according to Kashmir Glory said and direct the LAWDA to take the exercise with the help of latest scientific methods so that in future the water level of the lake was determined.
The court also directed the authorities to file latest status with regard to installation of additional STP and making it functional to meet the requirement of accessible sewage.
The Court also said that the monitoring committee and scientific advisory committee were formed and established but their job was not satisfactory. It directed monitoring committee as also scientific advisory panel to file their report, indicating the number of meetings held, passing of agendas as also resolutions in these meetings.
The Court also referred the recent visit of Governor of the state to the lake and its peripheries in which Governor, along with Chief Secretary who is also the chairman of monitoring committee.
About the pollution at Chashmashahi spring, the court said that the practice of pollution at the place be discarded and directed the floriculture to take steps in this regard.
With regard to report of advocate Sajad Ahmad Mir on encroachment and pollution, the court asked the lawyer to accompany the LAWDA authorities and make the joint visit to the sites pointed out in his report to find out the actual position.