India Conducts Lake Protection Activities

Ministry of Environment and Forests has identified 115 wetlands including lakes, in the country, covering 24 States and 02 Union Territories, for conservation and management under National Wetland Conservation Programme.

Various conservation activities under Management Action Plan of Identified Wetlands include: data collection and survey & demarcation, catchment area treatment, desilting & dredging, bio-fencing, fisheries development, weed control, bio-diversity conservation, pollution abatement, and community participation. Research organizations are also assisted for Research & Development activities in priority areas of research to supplement Management Action Plans.

Chandubi Lake is not identified under National Wetland Conservation Programme. Only three wetlands (Deepar Beel, Sone Beel and Urpad Beel) have been identified from Assam for conservation and management purposes.

Development and promotion of tourism is undertaken primarily by the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations. The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, extends financial assistance to the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations for tourism related projects including the development of lakes from the tourism point of view which are identified in consultation with the States/Union Territories. Proposals which are complete in all respects as per guidelines are processed on inter-se priority basis and funds released subject to availability.

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Dredging Today Staff, May 4, 2012;

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