ENVIS Centre, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Govt. of India

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Ithai Barrage posing big threat to Loktak Lake

 Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 08 2021: Loktak Lake is deteriorating mainly because of the Ithai Barrage.

The barrage not only poses a threat to the lake but it is also threatening the Sangai on the Keibul Lamjao National Park, said locals and forest officials.

A team of journalists including this reporter had visited the lake and several areas including the Ithai Barrage on Friday as part of the "Know Your Sanctuaries and Wetlands" media campaign organised by the Department of Forest and Environment and Climate Change in association with All Manipur Working Journalists' Union (AMWJU) .

The journalists visited Keibul, Keibul Sangram, Khordak, Champu Khangpok at Langolsabi near Loktak and Ithai barrage.

N Birchandra, Range Forest Officer at the Keibul Lamjao National Park said the park floating on the largest freshwater lake in the North East India is about 40 square kilometres while the lake itself is about 236 sq kms in area.

Various threats pose danger to the survival of the Sangai and its natural habitat