‘First drone survey to be carried within 20-25 days: VC LAWDA
As illegal constructions are witnessing surge inside Dal and Nigeen Lakes, the government is mulling to use drones to curb encroachment. The first survey would be carried within the next 25 days.
An official at Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA), said that a drone survey would be carried after every 5-6 months inside the Dal and Nigeen lakes. “The process would make it easy to detect the illegal constructions inside the twin lakes,” he said.
“The aerial survey through drones would include photography and videography for checking illegal constructions,” the official said.
“The drone-based photogrammetric survey will be also conducted to obtain high-resolution orthomosaics to create multimedia map design of the area,” he said.
LAWDA Enforcement Officer (Dy. SP), Rais Ahmad told Rising Kashmir that they have demolished 90% of the illegal structures.
He said in the past 4 months, during 28 encroachment drives 270 structures were demolished, 18 FIR’s have been registered against tipper drivers and 122 violators for violating the norms.
Earlier, the Committee of Experts (COE) appointed by J&K High Court conducted a high-level meeting for the Conservation, Management, and Rehabilitation of Dal-Nigeen.
The direction was made after examining the report by a committee of experts appointed by the court and it recommended for conducting an aerial survey of the lake.
In 2019 also, High Court directed the Surveyor Authority of India (SAI) to survey the Dal Lake to demarcate its boundary and put a halt on the encroachments.
VC LAWDA Tufail Matto stated that drones would be used to carry surveys in Dal and Nigeen lakes. “The drones will likely start work within the next 20-25 days and it would monitor them to curb encroachment,” he said.
Matto said they have to get permissions from Air Traffic Control Station and in this regard, a meeting was held with divisional commissioner Kashmir.
“All security people have been taken on board and now it is a matter of time and they are waiting for final approval from the administration,” he said.
VC said they are hopeful that with it will be done within the next 20-25 days.