The beautiful Loktak Lake in Manipur is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the state. Now, with an aim to boost the tourism possibilities further, the central government is going to develop Loktak. This was announced by the Union Minister of State for Forest and Environment, Anil Madhav Dave, during his two day official visit to the state.
Mesmerized by the beauty of the largest fresh water lake of this region, Dave said, ‘As soon as I reach Delhi I shall be in touch with all Ministries which are connected with the project. I will even take the issue to the United Nations. People of Manipur are blessed with the largest lake while there is a shortage of water at many places.’
Fruitful visit of the minister
The minister also went to the lake islet Pabot Ching to see the proposed developmental works. Manipur’s environment Minister Irengbam Hemochandra and senior officials also accompanied the minister. The minister also visited Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) – the world’s only floating national park – where the Sangai (brow antlered deer) lives. The KLNP , which is an integral part of Loktak Lake, park is characterised by many floating decomposed plant materials locally called phumdis. The national park is the only remaining natural habitat of ‘Sangai’ which was once found across the Manipur. During his visit, the minister was briefed about the endangered species which lives on the floating park in the lake.