Context: A study conducted by the Central Institute of Fisheries Education highlighted the detrimental impact of pollution on native fish species and breeding grounds in Dal Lake since 2007-08.
The study attributes the pollution to factors such as increased alkalinity, elevated pH levels, rising chloride content, reduced inflow of water and human activities such as sewage discharge and organic runoff.
Dal Lake is an urban lake located in Srinagar. Spanning 18 square km, it is part of a natural wetland that includes floating gardens known as “Raad” in Kashmiri. These gardens bloom with lotus flowers in July and August.