Bhopal: In view of the depleting water level, the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday announced a statewide drive to conserve waterbodies from May 1 to June 15. Jal-Sansad will be held on June 30 in which activists and experts working in the field will be invited to share their ideas and experiences, said Chouhan.
He made the announcement during a drive launched for the conservation of Upper Lake here on Monday. Mayor Alok Sharma, MP Alok Sanjar, officials were also present on this occasion. Meanwhile the Bhopal Municipal Corporation sought from government Rs 10 crore for conservation of lakes in the state capital. BMC has launched the drive after 11 years; a similar campaign was launched by the civic body in 2007 when the water level at the lake had receded drastically. The BMC will be undertaking cleaning of city lakes during summer season.
Ex-Mayor Sunil Sood, however, said that such campaigns should be launched on regular basis and efforts should be made to clear the encroachments near Uljhawan river. “BMC administration hardly bothers about de-silting the lakes and other water bodies. Drive for conservations of lakes should be a continuous process in the city,” said Sood.
There are lakes like Upper Lake, Lower Lake, Shahpura Lake, Motia Talab (beside Taj Ul Masajid), Nawab Siddique Hasan Khan Talab, Munshi Hussain Khan Talab, Lendiya Talab, Sarangaria Lake (near Piplani in front of St Theresa School), Jawahar Baal Udhyaan Lake (Near Durga Petrol Pump ),Manit Lake, Bordi kalan, Preet Nagar Lake (now only during Rain), Nariyalkheda Golf course Lake (now comes under Military Centre ), Mullah Sarovar in Bhopal.