District Administration Mansehra imposes ban on boating in Saif-Ul-Malook to curtail ecological damage
The District Administration of the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa has finally taken notice of the ecological damage that has been inflicted on the once serene and breathtaking lake Saif-ul-Malook in the Mansehra District and has now imposed a complete ban on boating in the lake.
Saif-ul-Malook located deep within the Hindukush Mountains in the picturesque Kaghan Valley, has suffered colossal ecological deterioration with the rise of the tourist inflow in the region and beyond. The Glacial Lake which was once home of the Golden Trout has now turned into a heap of floating garbage and plastic bottles.
The orders were issued by District Coordination Officer (DCO) Mansehra Dr Ambar Ali Khan on Tuesday owing to growing complaints by environmentalists.
They maintained that the lake’s Aquatic life is at risk by the immense amount of solid waste dumped in the lake by tourists.
To ensure cleanliness and to protect marine life, the DCO has imposed a ban on parking and camping within 200 yards of the lake’s bank. He warned that violators will be dealt with strictly under the law.
With the onset of summer, picnickers from across the country throng to the lake where they enjoy boating and erect tents to spend nights on the shores.
It still needs to be seen that the ban is followed and enforced and would not fall prey to negligence of the law enforcement personals. There is an existing ban on
fishing in the lake but many of the tourists blatantly violate the law and are often seen sitting and gossiping with their drooling fishing lines in the lake.