The red algal blooms have surfaced on a large portion of Dal Lake while the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) is mulling to use aerators and motorboats to clean the surface.
On the stretch from Hazratbal to Boulevard, Nishat Bund, Foreshore Road and other places algae have defaced the portion of the lake.
Locals Saturday expressed resentment over the presence of a red algal bloom on Dal surface that has completely changed the lake’s colour into yellowish.
Ghulam Nabi Shalla, a Dal dweller accused the LAWDA of neglecting the lake and not cleaning it with proper machinery.
“LAWDA has completely failed to maintain sanitation in the Dal Lake as nothing has changed on the ground,” Shalla said.
An official at LAWDA told Rising Kashmir that the temperature increases the growth of red algal blooms that have surfaced on the lake due to high nutrient content in the lake.
“The pollution level has gone up and when the temperature increases its growth is doubled,” the official said.
He said the nutrient content in the lake has increased from the last four years.
“Surfacing of algae not only deteriorates the health of an already stressed lake but also raises questions over the direction of conservation efforts,” the official said.
Vice Chairman LAWDA, Tufail Matto said there are two ways to curb the surfacing of algal blooms, which includes using of aerators and movement of motorboats.
“Due to the increase in temperatures, it has just started and it will bloom in 10-15 days. Now for the short term measure, LAWDA will use aerators and motorboats to clear it,” he said.
For long term measures, the authority will start work during the winter months to avoid temperature variation.