Srinagar: To ensure proper utilisation of funds, the Centre has asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to constitute a panel for better coordination between departments involved in the implementation of Rs 386-crore action plan for rejuvenation of Wular Lake.
   
Union Secretary for Environment and Ecology T Chatterjee, while reviewing the implementation of the centrally-funded project on Saturday, stressed on the constitution of a committee comprising members of concerned departments for monitoring and utilisation of the funds, an official spokesman said on Sunday.
   
Chatterjee asked executing agencies to start survey and demarcation of the lake on priority basis so that work can start immediately.
   
He also said that while implementing the plan, necessary measures for development of catchment area, eco-tourism development and livelihood improvement of the inhabitants living across the lake be taken care of, adding that the Centre has sanctioned Rs 120 crore for the first phase of the project.
   
A circular road will be constructed around the lake, besides the 500-year-old Zainalank constructed by the Sultan Zainul-Abdin Budshah, which would be renovated and developed on modern lines, he said.
   
The official also visited the lake to take stock of the situation.

(Agencies)