Every year silt is deposited in the lakes and rivers. As the silt level increases the quantum water the lakes and rivers hold decreases. This will naturally lead to floods if the rain is heavy. In the past, farmers and others used to remove soil from the lakes for use in fields and the lakes were desilted without any effort or expenses from the government. Now there are avoidable restrictions on removing silt from the lakes. If restrictions are removed or reduced, many brick kilns will deepen the lakes enabling the lakes to hold more water, thus minimizing /preventing floods and providing more water for irrigation. As regards rivers, sand is deposited in the lakes by the water coming into the rivers. There are more restrictions on removal of sand from rivers. Government should consider removing these restrictions or selling the silt and sand to the consumers without any hassle.