Officials told to clear encroachments on lake-beds, mark boundaries of the water bodies
Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta has asked officials of the Department of Minor Irrigation to clear encroachments on lake-beds , mark their boundaries and plant saplings along these boundaries under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREGA).
Mr. Gupta was speaking at a meeting on Thursday to discuss the restoration of lakes in Mysore district under the lake rejuvenation project of the Union Government.
The meeting discussed the encroachments of lake-beds and the steps to be taken to clear them.
The Deputy Commissioner asked the officials to mark the lake boundaries before launching the restoration work.
Officials of the Revenue Department were asked to assist the Department of Minor Irrigation in this regard.
Saplings should be planted along the marked boundaries to prevent encroachments in the future.
This could be taken up under MGREGA and the work completed this year, Mr. Gupata said.
Executive Engineer, Minor Irrigation, H.B. Mallappa said that 31 lakes would be rejuvenated in the district at a cost of Rs. 5.5 crore.
Of them, five were under the Department of Minor irrigation and the rest under the zilla panchayat and other departments.
The storage capacity of lakes in Mysore, Hunsur and Periyapatna taluks, which are considered dry areas, would be enhanced by removing silt, Mr. Gupta added.