Manipur: Centre to contribute Rs 97 crore to Loktak Lake conservation project


Awangbow Newmai, Manipur’s Forest and Environment Minister, announced on Sunday that the Centre has committed Rs 97 crore to protect the famous Loktak Lake.

After meeting with Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav, he said this.

The three lakes in northeast India that are classified as wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention are Loktak Lake in Manipur’s Bishnupur district, Deepor Beel in Guwahati, and Rudrasagar Lake in western Tripura.

This convention establishes a framework for national and international action to conserve and wisely use wetlands and their resources.

Minister Newmai stated that the review meeting held on Sunday in the presence of the central minister was held with the goal of saving Loktak Lake.

According to him, the Union Minister pledged his full support to all plans to preserve and protect the lake, which has floating land masses and ‘phumdis’ (series of floating lakes) that are not found anywhere else in the world.

“The Union Minister committed to providing Rs 97 crore to carry out various Loktak Lake protection measures,” the state minister said.

L.S. Meitei, Chairman of the Loktak Development Authority, stated that the Union Minister is concerned about the Loktak Lake’s conservation efforts.

“A detailed conservation plan was presented at the review meeting on Sunday. “Providing a sustainable livelihood for fishermen in the periphery area was also part of the plan,” Meitei said.

The Union Environment Minister’s meeting on the development and protection of Loktak Lake was the second in less than a week.

The Loktak, according to Yadav, is not only a lake but also a significant historical landmark in India’s independence struggle. It is a sacred site where Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose demonstrated to the people of India the dream of an independent India.