Petrol and Diesel engine operated boats have resumed at Fatehsagar lake from 12 October, after the UIT gave permission to the operators.
All petrol and diesel boats were prohibited by the Udaipur Nagar Nigam in accordance with Rajasthan High Court instructions. The owners had been instructed to repalce these boats with ones powered by solar, batteries, or manual propulsion commencing on October 1. After a six-month notice for the boat operators, Bal Mukund Asawa, Secretary of the Urban Improvement Trust, ordered for discontinuing boating at Fatehsagar on 30 September. Mewar Boating and Ramdev General Motors, two of the Fatehsagar's boat owners, have been ordered by UIT to continue using diesel engines until additional instructions from the court after the next hearing that is scheduled on 19 October.
As per the operators, the court had not ordered the closure of boat activities. Instead, it was up to the local administration to decide the course of action. In this case, they were forced to cease the boat's operation for 10 days due to which they had to bear the loss. The issue is whether boat operations will have to be halted once more if the court decides to ban fossil fuel (petrol diesel) powered boats during the hearing on 19 October.
The other objection by the operators was that if the ruling was to stop operations of petrol and diesel powered boats, then why were boats being allowed in Pichhola.
Fatehsagar and Pichhola are biggest water reservoirs of Udaipur. If the ruling on 19 October be in favour of operating the petrol and diesel boats, the waters will continue to be contaminated and the aqatic fauna will be left to their fate.
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