Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra on Sunday emphasised the need for closely involving various elements of the civil society, particularly students, for spreading awareness about conservation of the lakes and water bodies in the State.

“The governor emphasised the need for closely involving various elements of the civil society, particularly senior school and college and university students for spreading awareness about the urgent need for conservation of Dal, Nageen, Manasbal, Wullar and other lakes and water bodies in all regions of the state,” an official spokesman said here.

Mr Vohra was reviewing the implementation of various components of the Dal-Nageen Lake Conservation and Management Project at a detailed presentation made by Irfan Yasin, Vice-Chairman, Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA), at Raj Bhavan, the spokesman said.

The governor said that every present stakeholder must understand and accept that their interests shall extinguish altogether if there is no Dal lake left.

“It is, therefore, their duty to fight for and protect this fascinating heritage which attracts lakhs of tourists, from within the country and abroad,” Mr Vohra said.

He stressed the vital importance of each component of the project being simultaneously implemented within the envisaged time frames if the Dal lake was to be saved.

The spokesman said Vice Chairman LAWDA in his power point presentation, briefed the governor about the to-date status of each of the components of the project and the time schedule for their completion.

Yasin stated that out of 27.90 km main trunk sewers, 26.05 km have been completed while the remaining 1.85 km will be completed by September this year.

Similarly, five intermittent pumping stations have been commissioned while the remaining five will be completed by September this year, he said.

Five Sewage Treatment Plants also stand commissioned, the spokesman added.