Stressing over the conservation of the freshwater lake Deepor Beel, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed officials to immediately demarcate the “exact” area of the wetland.
The Chief Minister also directed officials to develop and maintain water bodies under the ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bid to save water and secure the future.
It may be mentioned that to address the growing water crisis in the country, the Modi government in August this year launched a new ministry to look at the management of water resources and drinking water supply.
Fearing threat to the existence of the Beel, Sonowal had earlier directed the concerned officials to conduct a survey of the lake and prepare a land classification report for its conservation. Considered as one of the largest beels in Brahmaputra valley in Lower Assam, the wetland comes under the Ramsar Convention. It is located in the south-west of Guwahati city.
Also, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) hearing a petition filed by Rohit Chowdhury this August directed the state government to declare the lake as an eco-sensitive zone. An order in regard to the same was passed accordingly.
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