Even after spending over Rs 308 crore in the last six years,the cash-starved J-K governments much talked about multi-pronged strategy for conservation of Dal Lake has led to nowhere,as there had been no exhaustive studies behind the preparation of its detailed project report (DPR).
This money is apart from the Rs 72 crore spent on the development of Dal by the State Urban Engineering Department upto 1996-97 and Rs 119.43 crore by the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) from 1997-78 to March 2005.
Pointing out that the multi-pronged approach to conserve and manage the lake had been neither effectively implemented nor properly monitored for desired results,the CAG in its audit ending March 31 pointed out there had been increase in nutrients and weeds and depletion of fish population in the lake. The DPR for conservation of Dal Lake had not been prepared after exhaustive study and it had been accepted without proper evaluation, it stated.
The Ministry of Environment and Forests had got the DPR for Dal Lake Conservation and Management Programme prepared by Alternate Hydro Energy Centre,IIT Roorkee,in October 1999. The state approved it in December 2002 and submitted it to the MoEF.
Though LAWDA had pointed out some discrepancies in report to the AHEC in 2003-04,the Centre sanctioned the project at an estimated cost of Rs 298.76 crore in 2005. It was subsequently given a go-ahead by the state,leaving LAWDA with no option but to implement the project whose completion was extended to March 2012.