Locals and a group of concerned citizens have censured the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) for failing to prevent encroachment of Khushalsar lake by land mafia.
The concerned citizens including inhabitants of Sazgaripora and Khayeewan Mohalla said despite repeated complaints, the SMC has failed to prevent encroachment of Khushalsar near Aali Masjid, Sazgaripora and Ali Jan Road.
“We thrice apprised the SMC about the problem, however no action has been taken so far. Due to inaction, the land mafia is encroaching upon embankments of Khushalsar and its Green Belt areas. The land mafia is active from Aalimasjid- Sazgari pora road upto the end of old spring site of Kashmiri Pandits. We appeal SMC Commissioner to look into the matter and take appropriate action,” said the delegation led by M A War.
Located between Hawal and Zadibal areas of Shahr-e-Khaas, Khushalsar receives waters from Dal lake through Gilsar lake and finally merges with Aanchar lake.
Known for pristine waters, Khushalsar till a few decades ago possessed rich aquatic life including many species of fish. Small swaps in the water body attracted different species of migratory birds.
However, in the absence of any monitoring by the successive regimes, Khushalsar has been extensively encroached upon and polluted.