One is fresh and living, the other dull and dying!
Sukhna experiment proves that people never encroach or interfere in nature unless they are encouraged and facilitated to do so. Otherwise Sukhna would have been a great feast for real estate mafia. And this hypothesis holds true for Dal as well. We know Dal is a multifaceted water body with many complex hydrological structures and a sizable population attached to it. But if we look into the annals of history, only half a century earlier Dal was a magnificent water body serving ecological and hydrological purpose of not only Srinagar city and its population but the whole valley for that matter. What made Dal to strive and struggle for survival? Obviously, over the period of time the official apathy and our greed that was encouraged by few unscrupulous elements within the supervision arrangement brought Dal to the brink of collapse. For the last several decades we claim doing everything to save Dal, but regrettably it is nowhere close to any revival. Dal is not a simple water body; it has its own natural cycle which requires a vigilant ecological monitoring and hydrological surveillance and least machine-driven intervention. Unfortunately, all these aspects lack in our scheme of Dal revival. At Sukhna while planning they acquired vast area of land in the foothills of Shivalik to treat catchment area with proper vegetation, while Dal catchment is losing its vegetation to uncontrolled illegal constructions and unrelenting man-machine interventions.