Dal Lake in Kashmir to get eco-sensitive zone tag soon

The Dal Lake and its surrounding areas in Srinagar will soon be declared an eco-sensitive zone, officials said on Friday.

The famous lake has shrunk to less than half its original size with its capacity down to 40 per cent due to pollution and encroachment, they said.

"The Committee of Experts (CoE) on Dal and Nageen lakes shall submit the final proposal to the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUDD) by 20th of February," a senior official said.

He said the recommendations of the committee will be sent to the Centre by February 29.

It is expected that the Dal Lake and its surrounding areas will be declared as eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) by the first week of March, the official said.