Officials inspect Shakti Sagar area near Kharwa village in Ajmer
AJMER: Following directions from the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the district administration has decided to renovate the Shakti Sagar Lake situated near Kharwa village under Masuda block on Ajmer- Beawar road. The lake was destroyed by constructing 40 unnecessary 40 anicuts (dams) and the water path was heavily destroyed by mining in the region. The result was that the lake went dry since the last decade.
The NGT directed the district administration to bring back the original structure near the Shakti Sangar Lake which was once the main source of farming in Kharwa region and also helped to improve groundwater levels.
District collector Vishwa Mohan Sharma recently inspected the sight and directed officials to remove the anicuts which were blocking the water flow to the lake. He also directed mines department to stop mining near lake and to fill the pits created by mining.
Villager Ghanshyam Mali said previously there was a natural system of water flow in different lakes and ponds. After Shakti Sagar Lake overflow, the water went to nearby Gopal Sagar. But in last two-three decades, there were several anicuts which blocked the flow of water to the main lake from different directions. Another villager Shakti Singh Kumawat said the natural ecology was disturbed by mining in the region and there were pits all around the lake which blocked the water to flow from hilly regions. Since the last 10 years, the lake remained empty even during monsoon. The lake was the source of irrigation for farmers all round in different villages. The matter was reported to NGT and it issued directions to district administration.