Imphal: A Cabinet Sub-Committee had been formed to further initiate preservation of Loktak lake and demarcation of the area of the lake would be carried out soon, Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh said on Monday.
Loktak lake is a fresh water lake, a tourist destination, in Bishnupur district of Manipur where Sangai, the brow-antler deer inhabits.
Biren launched the ‘Clean Loktak Pat Mission’ and the Loktak Development Authority (LDA) machineries at Sendra, Moirang in the district, in presence of Public Health Engineering minister L. Susindro Meitei and chairman, Loktak Development Authority Moirangthem Asnikumar.
“These new machineries would be of great help to the ongoing activities initiated by the state government for restoring the Loktak lake to its pristine state. Loktak lake is the soul of Manipur and we must protect it,” the chief minister said.
He said the state government would do whatever assured earlier. He appreciated the locals residing near the Loktak lake for their support and cooperation in the efforts to preserve it. He sought for continuous cooperation from the locals in achieving the goals.
Loktak lake is very important for the people of Manipur and as such the state government has been taking up various initiatives to preserve the lake, the chief minister said.
“The state government would make sure that the locals don’t face any hardship during the rejuvenation work, adding that various steps had been taken up considering the necessity to save the lake,” he said.
Various floating huts have been removed though they were beautiful, he added and tressed the need to set up huts in systematic and hygienic ways, so that the environment of the lake is not deteriorated.
He urged government officials to work sincerely and transparently in order to bring development in the state and to take up field visits rather than just performing table work.
Biren informed that the Asian Development Bank would provide financial support to the state, in developing the Loktak lake to the World Class level. He also informed that representatives of G20 countries would be visiting the state in February next year and as such it is very important to make the Lake clean before the visit.
Asnikumar stated that various development efforts had been taken up to preserve the lake, under the initiative of chief inister Biren. Tourists from across the world are showing their willingness to see the beauty of the Loktak, which is now known as an eco-tourism hotspot, he said. The state is coming up with a master plan to rejuvenate the lake in a long term approach, with the support of Asian Development Bank.
He expressed hopefulness that with all the efforts of LDA, the Loktak lake will become an iconic site in Southeast Asia.
Project director and officials of LDA and peoples residing around the lake also attended the programme among others.