One of the biggest fresh water lakes in Asia, the Loktak Lake of Manipur, is on the verge of extinction.
The lake is getting shallower everyday and aquatic plants (floating bio-mass) have started appearing on the surface of the lake, making it appear land locked. The state government has passed the Loktak Lake (Protection) Bill 2006, which will limit fishing activities on the lake.
The lake provides livelihood to large number of people from Bishenpur and Thoubal districts. But after the National Hydro Power Corporation took up the Loktak hydro project, acres of agricultural land have been submerged.
Many in the area fear that they will be robbed of their only means of livelihood if fishing is not allowed.
July 11, 2006 7:11 AM | Category: Drought
In my opinion fishing should be limited upto a certain point only ie.
1)fishing should not be allowed in their breeding season,to take care of the fish population
2)as an alternative of their previous livelihood ie fishing,the government should employ those people in cleaning the siltations,some sustainable amount of phumdi etc from the lake.
Posted by: LAISHRAM GITLA at September 19, 2006 1:15 AM