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Deteriorating condition of Dal Lake catches NGT eye, seeks response from authorities

According to a media report, 70% of the sewage generated in Srinagar city finds its way into the lake and the sewage treatment plants (STPs) are heavily overutilized and undermaintained.

EPN Desk14 May 2024 11:59

Deteriorating condition of Dal Lake catches NGT eye, seeks response from authorities

Deteriorating conditions of the Dal Lake in Kashmir have led the National Green Tribunal to seek responses from several authorities, including the Central Pollution Control Board and the Jammu and Kashmir Pollution Control Committee. 

The green panel was hearing a matter in which it had taken suo motu (on its own) on account of a media report that said "...the condition of the Dal Lake in Kashmir was deteriorating because of municipal sewage, pollution and urbanization and its impact on the lives of Hanji ethnic group, who are largely dwellers of water.

A bench of National Green Tribunal Chairperson Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Expert Member A Senthil Vel said, according to the report, sewage has destroyed the fish in the lake. At one time, people used to drink the lake water but today it cannot even be used for washing faces.

According to the report,  70% of the sewage generated in Srinagar city finds its way into the lake and the sewage treatment plants (STPs) are heavily overutilized and undermaintained. The destruction of the fish has impacted the business and life of Hanji people.

In an order passed on May 8, the tribunal said the news report raised a "substantial issue" regarding compliance with environment rules.

It sought responses from several authorities, including the vice-chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Lake Conservation and Management Authority, member secretaries of the Central Pollution Control Board and the Jammu and Kashmir Pollution Control Committee and the Srinagar deputy commissioner or district magistrate.

"Let notice be issued to the above respondents for filing their response at least one week before the next date of hearing (on August 21)," the tribunal said.

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