Srinagar, June 24: Inspiration for many, a seven-year-old girl has been on a mission to clean Srinagar’s Dal Lake since the past two years. Jannat’s story has now been in published in a textbook, which has been included in the curriculum of a Hyderabad-based school. Jannat undertook the task of cleaning the iconic lake when she was just five-year-old and was studying in KG class.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Jannat said, “I was inspired by my father to clean lake. All recognition I'm getting is due to my baba.” She had also received appreciation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for her efforts. Jannat hit the headlines in 2018, when her video of cleaning the Dal Lake went viral. Dal Lake in Srinagar to Get Eco-Sensitive Zone Tag Soon.

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Dal Lake is an urban lake, which is the second largest in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It is also known as "Srinagar's Jewel". It is one of the main tourist spots of Jammu and Kashmir. The lake covers an area of 18 square km and is part of a natural wetland which covers 21.1 square km.

After the abrogation of Article 370 and outbreak of coronavirus, life on the picturesque Dal Lake has come to a standstill. Shikaras are empty and parked along the edges of the lake. Due to this, shikarawallahs are struggling for their survival. In April, the J&K government announced a financial package of Rs 1,000 for the shikarawallahs for three months. According to shikarawallahs, the package is insignificant.

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