The houseboat enterprise in Srinagar, which was dealing with a number of issues in the course of the previous few years, has been additional affected by the discharge of sewage into the Dal Lake and the consequences of the COVID pandemic.
Tourism is a significant supply of livelihood in Jammu and Kashmir and when the COVID-19 pandemic hit tourism, the houseboat homeowners had been additional affected. However one optimistic factor is that vacationers have began arriving now.
The houseboat or Shikara homeowners try their greatest to offer good providers in order to recuperate the sooner losses.
One other downside is that many houseboats had been broken attributable to floods and hearth accidents.
Some houseboats sank. At current solely 928 houseboats can be found within the two well-known lakes, the Dal Lake and the Nigeen Lake. So the federal government lately introduced a coverage to protect houseboats.
Shikara proprietor Mohamad Rafiq informed ANI, “Owing to Covid, the scenario had worsened, however now vacationers are coming and we’re additionally getting the houseboat repaired. The federal government has offered some assist.”
On the problem of hygiene, Dr Bhagyashree, a vacationer from Mumbai, stated, “Hygiene is necessary on the boat. It has turn out to be much more necessary after the pandemic.”
Sewage of neighbouring areas is discharged into the lake which creates an extra downside.
One other houseboat proprietor Tariq Ahmad stated, “1,200 boats had been registered right here. However slowly the situation began deteriorating in 1989. We’re nonetheless struggling.”
The Lakes Conservation Administration Authority (LCMA) which is the brand new title of Lakes and Waterways Growth Authority (LAWDA) manages affairs right here regardless of the troublesome scenario. (ANI)