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LAWDA ruins lives of Mir Behri residents
Flood threat looms large over Dal areas
4/21/2017 10:51:52 PM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Apr 21: Flood threat still looms large over Dal areas as water level continues to rise.. The Mir Behri, Dal, that remained under flood for four months in September 2014 are at the brink of floods for the last two weeks due to increase in water level. "Mir Behri Dal is still reeling under the destruction of inundation due which huge loss has occurred to vegetable growers, the production of Nadru (lotus-stem) is under the threat of annihilation. Students and commuters are facing problems to reach their destinations as the roads and all paths are under the water," the residents told Early Times. Nadru from the Dal Lake used to be distributed to Valley markets. Lotus is also facing a threat of extinction in these lakes. Around 10,000 kanals (1,250 acres) along the Dal Lake is used for the cultivation of vegetables, particularly nadru. "We fear the floods may devastate the whole cultivation," they said. The life of Dal dwellers has become like hell as their all life activities have come to a standstill and they are not able do any movement to complete their daily chores. Local residents allege that it is only the apathy and the mismanagement of all concerned departments especially Irrigation and Flood Control Department and Lakes and Water Ways Development Authority who have completely failed in devising a sustainable and proper mechanism to channelize the water of Dal. They also alleged that LAWDA at the behest of higher officials keep the level of water above the normal level. "They want to conceal the growth of weeds and act as if the water of Dal is neat and clean, in addition to that by doing this they try to appease houseboat and hotel owners and in return take money from them or take leisure of their services," they said. The residents said several flood victims of 2014 floods are still awaiting compensation. "We are running from pillar to post to get compensation. Not a single penny has been credited to our bank accounts," rued a group of flood victims from Mir Behri.
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