Imphal: Manipur,s Loktak lake is hosting some G-20 events, said chairman of Loktak Development Authority (LDA), Manipur M. Asnikumar Singh on Monday.
Manipur is hosting some G-20 events in January 15-17 next year in which loktak Lake is going to be an important event site for the historic G-20 summit . For this, LDA is thoroughly and regularly reviewing the ongoing cleaning work of lake as well as in the process of identifying appropriate sites for creation of required infrastructure for the G-20 event, Asnikumar said.
Loktak Lake, the largest fresh water lake in North-eastern India, is under serious threat from anthropogenic activities such as encroachment, pollution, adverse conditions due to changes in water levels, and various developmental activities in and around the lake, the LDA chairman said.
He was on a routine on-site inspection at lake site along with CAF, PD and PHED minister Leishangthem Shusindro Meetei.
“We have reached a point in our history where we cannot take a back seat and let others decide on the fate of the iconic Loktak Lake which is regarded as the cradle of Manipur’s civilization, he said.
The LDA is moving ahead with community participation, research, policies and conservation activities to fulfil the mandate of conservation and sustainable management of the lake. It has constituted an Expert Advisory Committee to address the issues related to the fast-changing ecological status and their impact on the socio-economic condition of the dependent, he added.
An empowered committee comprising of three cabinet ministers held its first sitting on November 13 chaired by the chief minister N.Biren Singh and crucial decisions were taken. The LDA is determined to safeguard the livelihood of the fishing community and that the LDA has suggested the state government to regulate and come up with a fishing policy to check on the dwindling fish population in the lake, the chairman said.
Maintaining that construction of floating homestays would provide ample employment opportunities, promote eco-tourism in the state and decrease the dependency on the lake for sustenance, he reiterated that the government is setting up guidelines for the construction of floating homestays that reflect our cultural heritage and are environment-friendly.
A huge number of tourists, both domestic and foreigners including high level dignitaries visited the Loktak lake duŕing the Sangai Festival. For the first time India’s Foreign Affairs minister Jaishankar visited the lake site. Chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu , Union Law and Justice minister Kiren Rijiju and Ambassadors of different countries visited the lake.