Published: Sunday 15 July 2001

The Gujarat high court has ordered the Ahmedabad's civic authorities to recharge the city's lakes for increasing groundwater level. Ahmedabad had 204 lakes in 1960, but now only 130 are left, according to the court. "Lakes in the city have become victims of mindless construction works and underdevelopment of the catchment areas. This has resulted in silting," said Nafisa Barot, executive trustee of Utthan Development Action Planning Team, a Ahmedabad-based non-governmental organisation.

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