More than 100 Lakes in City on Verge of Extinction, Says SOUL
By Express News Service | Published: 07th January 2014 08:26 AM |
Members of Save Our Urban Lakes (SOUL) on Monday noted that more than 100 lakes in the city were on the verge of extinction in spite of constant alerts. They alleged that the utter apathy, insensitivity and disregard for retracting the destruction of nearly 3,000 water bodies of the city by those who govern and control this mismanagement - speaks volumes about the callous indifference of decision makers.
They demanded the complete implementation of the Andhra Pradesh Water, Land and Trees Act (WALTA) and make available the contact of various designated officers for redressal of lake violations. They also demanded immediate stalling of fencing around existing water spreads without prior demarcation of original FTL boundaries at maximum water spread area.
According to them, the Andhra Pradesh Water, Land & Trees Act, 2002 along with its Rules 2004, and GOs await implementation in the state even after 11 years.
The lake activists at a press conference here on Monday to throw light on the present condition of lakes conservation, said that the WALTA, puts the WALT authorities in the state, district and mandal levels responsible for water bodies in their jurisdiction.
‘’In spite of 11 years since the Act has been passed no one is clear about who is this authority or who are the designated officers are as per the Act. No effort has been made to put this information in public domain and no official effort has been made to formally enlist cooperation of active civil society to implement this Act despite specific provisions for the same,” said SOUL convenor Dr Lubna Sarwath.
They further pointed out that 25 per cent of city lakes have disappeared from government list and are thereby rendered non-existent. SOUL has identified 33 lakes that exist on ground but not as per records.