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Udaipur lakes to be taken as ‘prohibited’ zones

f4Udaipur : In a landmark decision towards conservation of water bodies, the Rajasthan Lake Protection and Conservation Authority has passed a proposal taking three major lakes in Udaipur under the prohibited zone. In a meeting held at Jaipur on Tuesday, the LDA passed a proposal submitted by the Udaipur district level lake development committee to take Pichhola, Fatehsagar and UdaiSagar lakes under the prohibited zone. A notification will be issued soon calling objections from the common or aggrieved parties or any minor changes.

“ We have accepted the proposal forwarded by Udaipur district level committee on lake conservation. Once taken under the prohibited zone, it implies the lakes would be subject to protection and no constructions or commercial activities will take place around the lake areas without prior permission of the committee” Dr Manjit Singh, principle secretary, Urban Development and Housing told Udaipur Kiran.  Udaipur collector Rohit Gupta, Commissioner UMC Sidharth Sihag, UIT secretary Ram Nivas Mehta were among others present in the meeting. The decision is being speculated to go a long way in curbing encroachment and illegal activities like sand extraction etc from the lake bed. However, some activists raise questions on the correctness of the district level committee constituted.

f5“ It should have representation  from among the common too, but they have not strictly adhered to the parameters” opined an activist.  Among the major responsibilities of the committee is to protect, reclaim and rejuvenate the water bodies, create habitat for flora and fauna in lakes and conduct environment impact assessment for lakes. Without its permission, no activities would be allowed in the lakes periphery. Presently, the conservation task is being undertaken under the National Lake Conservation Project, while commercial activities like boating and adventure sports are being supervised by the tourism department, municipal corporation, while the drinking water supply is the jurisdiction of the PHED.

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