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Top agencies to study depleting waters of Nainital Lake, suggest remedies

dehradun Updated: Oct 04, 2017 20:15 IST
Abhinav Madhwal
In April, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat ordered the management of the Nainital Lake be handed over to the irrigation department that has better expertise in water management.

In April, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat ordered the management of the Nainital Lake be handed over to the irrigation department that has better expertise in water management. (HT FILE)

HALDWANI: The water level of the Nainital Lake-- the city’s lifeline and a major tourist attraction--has risen to 11ft much to the relief of residents as well as the authorities.

The zero level or the optimum level of the lake is 12 ft. The level of water had gone down in June, causing a major worry for the residents of the hill resort. The lake is the lifeline of the city and a money spinner for tourism in the area.

In April, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat ordered the management of the lake be handed by the public works department to the irrigation department that has better expertise in water management.

On August 1, the management of the lake was handed over to the irrigation department, which is now looking after the upkeep lake and its catchment area. The irrigation department has chalked out a plan for finding a permanent remedy for keeping the water levels intact so that such problem is not faced in the future.

Kumaon region chief engineer at the irrigation department DK Pachauri said the government has given the financial approval for a study to assess the cause of depletion of the Nainital Lake as well as to suggest remedies.

“The Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee and the Central Soil and Water Conservation Research and Training Institute, Dehradun will jointly conduct the study,” he said.“The study time frame will be spread over eight to nine months and experts will find out the exact causes for the depletion of water in the lake by conducting batehmatic studies and also listing out the remedies.”

Pachauri added that a meeting will be held on Friday in Haldwani to discuss the initiative. The date of the study has not yet been finalised and the department is likely sign a memorandum of understanding with the agencies soon, he said.