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2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 05)
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Hanjis Activities and Its Impact on Dal Lake and Its Environs (A Case Study of Srinagar City, India)

Shahab Fazal and Arshad Amin
Corresponding Author:  Shahab Fazal 

Key words:  Dal lake, hanjis, land use, transformation, , ,
Vol. 4 , (05): 511-524
Submitted Accepted Published
February 07, 2012 March 10, 2012 May 15, 2012

Nature is the necessary condition for the existence and development of society. But increasing interventions by man in recent past have altered the natural environment to ‘humanize’ it for their benefits. The relationship between man and nature is twofold. On one hand, man’s actions and activities are influenced and conditioned by natural environment. On the other hand, mankind continuously conquers nature and reform geographical surrounding in the process of their development. The bridge between these is man’s productive activity through which he continuously changes his geographical surroundings. Every natural system has its carrying capacity. Over dependency and over exploitation of this system beyond its capacity leads to destruction and disintegration of living and non-living components of the system. The present study focuses on the interaction between ‘hanjis’ and ecologically important Dal Lake and its surroundings in Srinagar city (India). The Dal is one of the beautiful lakes of the world for which Lawrence has said, “Perhaps in the whole world there is no corner as pleasant as the Dal lake”. The study finds that the Hanjis with increase in their population have inflected transformations in and around the lake with their activity. These transformations are leading to deterioration of the Dal lake and its environs and there is an urgent need for intervention for the welfare of the Hanjis and the management of the Dal lake.
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Shahab Fazal and Arshad Amin, 2012. Hanjis Activities and Its Impact on Dal Lake and Its Environs (A Case Study of Srinagar City, India).  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 4(05): 511-524.
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