Bhopal,May 8:The Commercial Taxes Minister, Shri Babulal Gaur convened a meeting of senior officers here today to chalk out a strategy to make the city lakes pollution free and to protect them from the encroachments taking place along side the lakes. Shri Gaur directed the officers to demolish the buildings constructed without permission near the lower and upper lakes and remove the encroachments coming up along side the lakes after identifying them.
Expressing his concern over the effluent carrying nullahas and their silt falling into lower lake and the ‘jalkumbhi’ engulfing the lake, Shri Gaur said that the passage of such nullahas should be diverted. He directed the officers to initiate steps to acquire dredgers from Hyderabad to carry out desilting operations. Also, the fencing along the lower lake which has broken at different points should be raised again and the practice of dumping the garbage into the lake should be checked strictly. He told the officers to carry out joint inspection of such nullahas falling into lower lake. Thereafter, he himself along with the officers would undertake an inspection of lower lake. Shri Gaur reminded the officers that the two lakes of the city are important heritage and their conservation is a must.Joint Director, Lake Conservation Authority, Dr. Sanjeev Sachadev informed that a proposal has been sent to the Union Government for protection of ten lakes including Lendiya talab, Motia talab and Hathaikheda talab located in the city. Shri Gaur stated that a corpus fund of the remaining amount of Rs.24 crore of the Bhoj Wetland Project has been created.
Those who attended the meeting included Collector, Shri Manish Rastogi, ADB Project Manager, Shri Rajesh Bisaria, PHED Executive Engineer Shri M.K. Shrivastava, and representatives of concerning agencies.