Srinagar Municipal Corporation in collaboration with the Army, LAWDA and local public of Dal is conducting an extensive Dal cleaning drive.
The drive which would continue for 21 days is headed by Deputy Mayor of Srinagar Shiekh Imran. “Clean Dal lake is a priority for all of us and I am highly thankful to army for volunteering with lake authorities and Dal dwellers on my request & intervention of LAWDA head” said Shiekh Imran.
“We need to sensitize all the stakeholders for cleaning the lake and keeping it clean too. Everyone must contribute to save Dal Lake campaign,” Deputy Mayor added.
The drive was headed by newly-elected Deputy Mayor Shiekh Imran and at least eighty Army boats and three hundred shikaras of Dal along with SMC men and machinery took part in the cleaning operation.https://t.co/4I2119uIu2
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“Dal needs us and our community should come forward to save it. We need to revive the Dal and save Dal and Dal dwellers,” said the Deputy Mayor.
However this did not go down well with Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu from Sajad Lone-led People’s Conference.
In a series of tweets Mattu suggested that the Army needs to venture into civil governance domains as it is not their job. He also added that SMC has not entered into any collaborative operation with the Army for any cleaning, de-weeding operations in Dal which is the domain of Lakes & Waterways Development Authority.
At least eighty Army boats and three hundred Shikaras of Dal along with SMC men and machinery were in full swing to conduct this cleaning operation.
The Dal lake which is spread over 22 sq kms is one of the iconic landmarks of Srinagar and most famous for its shikara boats.