Jaipur, India: Satellite pictures by the Rajasthan State Remote Sensing Application Centre, India, shows that while the state’s High Court (HC) orders were blatantly violated, the political commitment to conserve water bodies turn out to be mere rhetoric.
The Rajasthan HC had declared the areas surrounding the lakes of Udaipur as ‘no construction zones’ in January 1997. Though the blanket ban was relaxed later, the court on February 6, 2007, again restricted constructions around the lakes. Despite this, enormous construction activities continued around the lakes. This not only shrunk the lake system but also obstructed channels carrying water to the lakes.
At present, the government is carrying out a massive Rs 125-crore project under the National Lake Conservation Project to restore the lake system. However, the local bodies, Urban Improvement Trust and Udaipur Municipal Council, are accused of manipulation in their bid to “legalise” the illegal constructions by trying to demarcate the lake excluding the submergence area (portion of the lake which is submerged when it is full) of the lakes under the plan.
Source: The Times of India