Manipur: “Will develop Loktak Lake into tourist destination”, Says Sonowal


Sarbananda Sonowal also went on a boat tour of Manipur’s Loktak Lake. The union minister praised the beauty of Loktak Lake and the enormous tourism potential it holds in his remarks.

“Loktak is one of the largest water bodies in Asia and its beauty, greenery, marine life, surrounded by blue mountains stand out,” Sonowal said.

He added: “We have to promote and develop this lake and make it one of the most important tourist destinations of the globe.”

Sarbananda Sonowal further said: “We will extend full support to government of Manipur in the sector of inland waterway development and Ayush.

Speaking about the proposed development of the Loktak lake in Manipur, Sarbananda Sonowal said: “I assure you that whatever support will be required for promotion and development of Loktak, government of India will give 100 per cent support.”

“Any plans for development, please forward them to us, we will support them. Loktak is not only the beauty of Manipur, but of Northeast and India. Let’s consider Loktak as the soul of Manipur,” said Sonowal.

“We will jointly take steps to make it one of the most beautiful lakes in the world,” he further said.

Manipur’s economy is heavily reliant on this ancient lake. It provides water for hydroelectric power generation, irrigation, and drinking water.

Rural fishermen who live in the surrounding areas and on phumdis, also known as “phumshongs,” rely on the lake for a living.

The lake ecosystem has been severely impacted by human activity. Around the lake, there are about 100,000 people living in 55 rural and urban hamlets.

On March 23, 1990, the lake was designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, based on its ecological status and biodiversity values.

On June 16, 1993, it was added to the Montreux Record, which is “a record of Ramsar sites where ecological character changes have occurred, are occurring, or are likely to occur.”

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