Save Dal Lake: Govt kicks off process to geo-tag houseboats, hotels
File photo of empty Shikaras in Dal Lake
Srinagar, Feb 20:
Jammu and Kashmir government has kicked off the process of geo-tagging
the houseboats and other structures in Dal Lake in a last ditch effort to save
the water body from further perforation.
On the directions
of High Court, the Tourism Department in collaboration with Department of
Ecology, Environment and Remote sensing initiated the process of geo-tagging
houseboats and various structures within 200 meter peripheries of the lake in
According to the
official data of the Tourism Department J&K, more than 900 structures
including houseboats, hotels and guesthouses have been geo-tagged so far.
A senior official
of the Tourism Department described the geographical tagging (also known as
Geo-Tagging) a process of adding geographical identification data to any fixed
consists of latitude and longitude coordinates. The coordinates could then be
used to identify the geo-tagged item and monitor them through satellites.
Mapping of structures is aimed to regulate the houseboat industry, gauge their
carrying capacity, and impact of sewage disposal from various structures on Dal
waters”, he said.
For the last two
decades, the lake has been turning grubby as sewage of thousands of houses,
houseboats, hotels and shops pours into the precious water body.
Rashid, Senior Scientist at Department of Ecology, Environment and Remote
Sensing, said 10 employees from the Tourism department have been trained to
record GPS coordinates.
“The GPS trackers
will be used to track the location of the houseboats. It will be also help in
monitoring the vessels and various structures,” Dr Rashid said.
Toursim, Nisar Ahmad Wani said the process of geo-tagging will help them in
maintaining an authentic data base.
“It will help in
proper monitoring and conservation of Dal Lake. Further, the tourists will also
benefit from it because they will know the location of the houseboats with the
aid of GPS tracking system,” Wani said.