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Floating lab to test Loktak water

 Source: Imphal Free Press
IMPHAL | Feb 24 : Forest and environment minister, Th.Shyamkumar Singh today launched Floating Research Laboratory (FRL) on Loktak lake at a simple function organised at Sendra on the fringe of the lake.

The floating laboratory, perhaps the first of its kind in India, is an initiative of the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Imphal to monitor the quality of the water in Loktak, the largest freshwater lake in the Northeast.

The laboratory will test the quality of water four times a year, covering all the four seasons at 15 different spots in the lake. The IBSD procured a boat and equipments for monitoring the purity of the lake water. Five scientists are engaged for the laboratory test.

Welcoming the initiative of IBSD, a central institute based at Takyel in Imphal West, Shyamkumar said the state government will extend all possible helps to the institute’s reasearch work.

“The quality of water is changing in the lake because of environmental degradation and pullution of river water. As per the findings of the research activities the forest and environment department and Loktak Development Authority (LDA) will take steps to improve the eco-system of the lake,” Shyamkumar told reporters after the launch. read more>>