Union Minister examines the state of Lake Loktak

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Imphal, Dec. 27 (UNI) Union Minister for the Environment, Forests, Climate Change, Labor and

Employment Bhupender Yadav provided an update on the situation of Lake Loktak on Monday and

Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) in Bishnupur District.

Sangai (forehead deer) is found in the national park.

Speaking at the event, Bhupender said it is our responsibility to fully implement the

integrated management plan of Loktak and as Union Minister, he takes full responsibility for it.

Referring to the specialties of Lake Loktak, he said that it is the largest freshwater lake

throughout North East India and floating land masses / phumdis cannot be found in other places of

the world.

He said that Loktak is not only a lake, but also an important historical milestone in the struggle for Indian independence. It is the sacred place from where Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

showed the dream of an independent India to the people of the country.

The minister said that we should think about developing the natural gift of nature such as the periphery

Loktak Lake has many species including endangered species and migratory birds

arrival in the lake.

He believed that development cannot happen without local participation.

The minister said the development means protecting the natural beauty of the region, including

protecting biodiversity and providing a decent standard of living by raising

status of people living in and around the outskirts of the lake.

Bhupender assured people he would arrive in the state again in January of next year

sit down with representatives of the local authority, local villagers and the ministry of

Environment, forest and climate change to discuss the integrated plan.

The minister also assured that he would give his full support to the work plan adopted by the state government.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that we cannot use the gift given by nature in the

various forms of flora and fauna found in abundance in the state.

Stating that currently the Center has recommended Rs 1,450 crore for the state, he said the

the goal of the state government is to make Manipur a number one tourist spot overall

country.

The Minister of Forests, Environment and Climate Change, Awangbow Newmai led a team made up of officials from the Forestry Department and the Environment Directorate who accompanied the Union

Minister at Keibul Lamjao National Park.

Officials from the Forestry Department highlighted various flora and fauna found in the region and gave

reports on the development efforts undertaken by the ministry for the protection and

conservation of the region’s biodiversity.

The Union Minister inquired about the various challenges they were facing in the execution of their

official work and regarding local participation in the protection and conservation efforts of KLNP.

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