Government urged for ‘Lake City’ in Loktak Lake
IMPHAL, 23rd Nov: INTACH Manipur Chapter convener Dr RK Ranjan has appealed to the state government to explore the possibilities of developing a ‘Lake City’ in Loktak in order to alleviate the hardships of fishermen, who were displaced during the burning of floating huts seven years back.
Dr Ranjan was speaking at the 7th anniversary observance of ‘Loktak Lake Phumsang Arson’ organised by All Loktak Lake Areas Fishermen’s Union Manipur (ALLAFUM) along with a boat rally and public meeting on Friday.
The boat rally, which began from Champukhangpok village in Loktak Lake, passed through Yangoi stream and culminated at Liklai Karong where a public meeting was held. A two-minute silence was also observed in solidarity to the hardships faced by fishermen after the incident.
INTACH Manipur chapter convener Dr RK Ranjan, environmentalist Salam Rajesh, Indigenous Perspectives co-ordinator Ram Wangkheilakpam and ALLAFUM members Khwairakpam Ibojao & Oinam Ningthemba attended the public meeting as dais members.
Addressing the gathering, Dr RK Ranjan contended that the state government has not taken up any initiatives for the welfare of the displaced fishermen even after seven years of burning their floating huts. Since the state has enacted Wetlands Act, there is no need for Loktak Protection Act and even if it exists, it should come under the Wetlands Act, he said.
On the other hand, despite sanctioning huge amount to clean Loktak Lake, there is hardly any development in the lake till date, he maintained.