J&K authorities cap the number of houseboats at 910 for Dal and Nigeen lakes, Kashmir


J&K authorities cap the number of houseboats at 910 for Dal and Nigeen lakes

In a huge step, the J&K tourism department has decided to cap the number of houseboats in Dal and Nigeen lakes at 910. Not only this, houseboats owners will also have to register online within 30 days from the date of notification.

A notification from the government reads, “In a bid to preserve the marine ecosystem of both the lakes, the new policy aims to regulate the functioning of houseboats moored in Dal and Nigeen lakes by adopting the models of sustainable and responsible tourism.”

The Administrative Council (AC) under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha has also approved the policy to provide a sustainable source of living while preserving the ecosystem of the territory.

According to the approved design of the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority, the houseboats need to be fitted with bio-digesters for scientific treatment of solid and liquid waste. These must also be properly equipped with fire safety equipment, along with trained staff verified by the Fire and Emergency Services department.

The policy further lays down regulations for facilities such as kitchen, lodging, first-aid and electricity among others. It further ensures availability of minimum basic facilities to the tourists.

Dal and Nigeen lakes are two of the most prominent lakes in Kashmir. Besides being popular for their natural beauty, these lakes are celebrated for their shikara rides or houseboats, which is a lifetime’s experience.

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