We went for fishing, found it polluted: Locals
As lockdown eases, a group of 16 youth from Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam have started a cleanliness drive to preserve the dying Nilnag Lake.
Situated around 40 Kilometers from summer capital Srinagar, Nilnag Lake is fed by a stream coming down from the mountains.
It is just four kilometers away from the famous tourist spot Yusmarg. As per locals, the water of the lake is blue in colour and thus it was named as Nilnag.
Aijaz Ahmad Mir, 28 years old resident of Buzgo village of Chadoora said he along with his friends had started a campaign to preserve the lake from getting more polluted.
“I still remember the day when I went fishing at the lake and found that every side of it was polluted. Then I stopped and started picking up plastic bottles and polythene bags,” he said.
Seeing such a pathetic situation of lake hits him, Mir said he conveyed the same to his friends who later joined him in his campaign to preserve the dying lake.
“After the Covid19 lockdown was eased, we conducted a cleanliness drive at the lake that was turned into the dustbin for polythene bags, bottles and other wastes,” he said.
As per him, they found plastic, paper, bottles, and all types of rubbish," even "used diapers," "It hurts me that we are cleaning up what others throw away,” he said.
Mir who is pursuing a Master in Business Administration says it is the duty of every local resident and government to preserve these water bodies from getting polluted which has been turned into garbage dumping sites.
“Everybody knows polythene is dangerous for any water body but still, people threw bottles, and other things in the lake,” he said adding that there is a need for a change.
As per him, although there is big hoarding on the entry place which reads ‘Save Nilnag Lake" but most of us forget this tag line and throw the garbage into the lake.
He also thanked all his friends in his village who came forward in this mission and joined hands to save the water body from being polluted.
“We are hopeful that the concerned department will look over the matter so that Lake could be saved from further damage,” he said.
Mir says after the cleanliness drive, several NGO’s had approached him, but he says ‘the campaign should be more locally’ so that in future also people can clear that as their responsibility.
“We are planning more such drives in coming days and are expecting more volunteers to participate in these drives,” he said.