Udaipur : Expressing dissent on the latest move of the Urban Improvement Trust and Municipal Corporation inviting tenders for operation of boating activities for tourists at Fatehsagar Lake, activists have sent a legal notice to the collector on environmental grounds. The notice has been sent on behalf of Jheel Sanrakshan Samiti (JSS) a voluntary organization working for the wellness of water bodies in and around Udaipur. The NGO demand is to review the tender requisites of diesel/petrol run boats to solar or pedal boats so that water quality is not effected by the recreational activities in the lake. It may be noteworthy that Fatehsagar Lake is a major source of drinking water for the city people. Water department supplies drinking water from Lake Pichhola, Fatehsagar and Badi.
Anil Mehta, secretary JSS said ” There are several studies that prove health hazards associated with boating. Administration is perhaps ignorant of the side effects of watercraft on the ecosystem around it. The presence of vessels increase the growth of algae and kick up sediments, both of which obstruct sunlight and spoil the water”. Experts claim, deposits left from boats can change the water’s chemistry, adding too much of certain compounds, like zinc and copper, or making an environment overly alkaline or acidic. A decrease in water quality is bad for both wildlife and humans, suggests activist Dr Mahesh Sharma.
Chemicals and fuel may leach into the water, severely impacting the environment and weakening or killing the wildlife. Aquatic plants and animals have specific requirements for light, temperature, pH level, and more, and toxins from detergents, paints, petroleum products, batteries, and metals have disastrous effects on wildlife’s ability to survive and thrive. ” Fouling water of public spring or reservoir so as to render it less fit for the purpose for which it is ordinarily used is punishable under section 277 of the IPC. A notice has been served to the Collector who is also the head of a monitoring committee formulated by the hon’ble High Court to check pollution in water bodies of Udaipur” senior advocate and activist Ramesh Nandwana said.