Dal turns Dull! Proliferation of weeds takes heavy toll on Dal Lake
For the last over three weeks, de-weeding process of famed Dal Lake has come to a grinding halt resulting in the proliferation of noxious weeds and lily pads.
Due to huge infestation of weeds, large parts of the lake have been covered by algae. Even excessive weeds could be seen around Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC). In February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi toured this portion of the lake.
Bashir Ahmad, a resident of Dal Lake, said de-weeding work has been stopped since August 5.
“Lakes and Water Ways Development Authority (LAWDA) would clean a portion of the lake either manually or mechanically. But for the last three weeks nothing has been done. With the result excessive growth of weeds has engulfed the lake,” Bashir said.
Off the track
As Kashmir closure completes over 80 days, businesses in the valley have faced huge losses running in thousands of crores.
The two sectors that have been impacted the most include transport and tourism
Public transport remains off the roads while houseboats and hotels are empty since August 5 when Centre revoked Article 370
As per recent reports, the total business losses have crossed Rs 10,000 crores
Transporters and houseboat owners claim they are at the brink of bankruptcy
With winters approaching, the two sectors fear the losses would further increase.
The two month communication clampdown in Kashmir had a drastic impact on business associated with weddings. While thousands of marriage functions were called off, many more were carried out with utmost simplicity.
Phones service was finally restored in Kashmir on Monday.All postpaid mobile phone numbers started working at noon as was announced by the administration on Saturday. Monday afternoon, people in Kashmir were seen happily dialing their loved ones congratulating each other on being able to communicate finally.It was after 70 days that people were able to use their phones to talk to their kin and friends.Authorities had suspended mobile telephony and Internet service in Kashmir on August 5 after Centre abrogated Art 370 and divided the state into two union territories.
While Internet continues to remain suspended, the restoration of mobile telephony brought much relief to people.