By: Mubashir Aalam Wani
Srinagar: Days after the government directed the authorities to speed up installation of bio-digesters in houseboats, the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) Tuesday said that the process to be completed after the end of the tourist season.
A total of 910 will have the bio-digesters soon, an official said. “The installation process will be started soon after the tourist season culminates in the Valley.”
“We have installed six bio-digesters on pilot basis last year. We have to monitor the results for a year. If it will be successful then we will go for the next step,” LAWDA said.
He said that the tourists are currently staying in the houseboats, thus the process for the installation of bio-digesters has got delayed a bit. “We will have to wait for the results till the results come out,” he said, adding that the further steps in this regard would be taken only after the culmination of the tourist season.
“There is another issue of space in some cases as some houseboats are lacking the space as well. We have to manage it accordingly and experts are visiting again to check and resolve the issues,” he said.
“The bid-digesters will have to be ready for all the 910 houseboats following which it would take very less time to complete the process,” he said.
Pertinently, Bio-digester is a decomposition mechanised toilet system which decomposes human excretory waste in a digester tank specific high-graded bacteria.
The process has been getting delayed since long while Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan on March 26, chaired a meeting of officers and took review of the status of Bio-digesters in Houseboats in Dal Lake, at SKICC here.
In the meeting, the Advisor exhorted on the VC, LAWDA to install Bio-digesters in the Lake in a time bound manner—(KNO)