In order to review the pace of the ongoing process of rejuvenation and restoration works on historical water bodies in Srinagar, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad on Monday conducted a visit to Khushaal sar, Gilsar and Vicharnag to inspect the works being carried out for the restoration of the original historical water navigation circuit in Srinagar district. During the visit, the DC inspected the restoration works undertaken for cleaning these water bodies to revive their decades-old glory.
On the occasion, the DC was informed that a major chunk of Gilsar and Khushalsar have been cleaned and restored, while work is going on in full swing to achieve the set target.
The DC asked the SMC authorities to shift the solid waste collection points along the banks of Khushaal sar and Gilsar. He also directed the officers of the Irrigation & Flood Control Department to undertake measures for de-weeding to clear the Vicharnag water body junction which connects River Sind of Ganderbal with Gilsar Lake.
With regard to strengthening the embankments of the Khushaal sar and Gilsar, the DC asked the R&B Department to prepare a DPR for the construction of an embankment wall along the water body.
Similarly, the DC also asked them to submit a DPR for the installation of Surveillance Towers at specific locations at Khushaal sar and Gilsar to prevent encroachment and throwing of garbage in the water body.
During the visit, the DC interacted with the local people and said that Community participation is a must for restoring the pristine glory of these water bodies. He said local communities are actual guardians and have a vital role in the identification of encroachments and conservation of these historical water bodies. He also passed several directions with regard to cleanliness, beautification and landscaping of the water bodies.
The DC said one of the purposes of the restoration measures of these water bodies is not only to enhance the picturesque beauty and environment of the areas but also to generate ample opportunities for employment for local youth.
Later, the DC also visited Vicharnag Temple and inspected the cleanliness and restoration measures.
The DC directed the Officers of all the line departments to speed up the pace of restoration and rejuvenation works undertaken to restore historical Water bodies in Srinagar to achieve visible impact on the ground.
Chief Planning Officer, Superintendent Engineers of R&B, Irrigation & Flood Control and SMC, Tehsildar Eidgah and other concerned accompanied the DC during the visit.