Irrigation department to rejuvenate Naini Lake
The Uttarakhand irrigation department will rejuvenate the Naini Lake—the lifeline of Nanital town and a tourist attraction— an official said.Updated: May 30, 2017 20:44 IST
The state irrigation department will rejuvenate the Naini Lake—the lifeline of Nanital town and a tourist attraction— an official said on Tuesday.
Residents are worried about the future of the lake in view of the alarming rate at which the water level is dropping.
Fears that the famed lake may become dry as the water level has down by more than 18 ft, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has ordered that the maintenance of the lake be handed over to the irrigation department, said DC Singh, chief engineer of the Kumaon division.
The Naini Lake, dependent on natural underground water, is the only drinking water supply source of the hill town.
Earlier, the public works department was looking after the maintenance of the lake and its role was limited to ensure drinking water supply for Nainital town, he said.
“The department has the expertise for research and analysis of water bodies and is better suited for rejuvenation of lakes.”
A joint survey will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkie, National Institute of Hydrology and Geological Survey of India and the study will be analysied by the department, he said.
“The encroachment of the Sukhatal Lake--the catchment of the Naini Lake--will also be studied.”
He further said that areas not encroached upon, will be developed for recharging of the Naini Lake.
“The 47 nullahs in the catchment area of the lake will also be surveyed by the department and it will also suggest developing of alternate sources of drinking water supply to Nainital so that the water level is not depleted.”
First Published: May 30, 2017 20:44 IST