Development of Loktak Inland Waterways Project in Manipur

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News:The Ministry of Shipping have given approval for the development of Loktak Inland Waterways improvement project in Manipur.

Facts:

About the Project:

  • The project will develop the Inland water transport connectivity in North East States and give a boost to the tourism sector.
  • The project is approved under the Central Sector Scheme(CSS).
  • The project will be implemented under the Ministry of Shipping.

About the Loktak lake:

  • Loktak lake is the largest freshwater lake in North east located at Moirang in Manipur.
  • The lake is famous for its phumdis floating over it which are formed naturally.
  • Phumdis are the floating mass of entangled vegetation formed by the accumulation of organic debris and biomass with soil.
  • Keibul Lamjao National Park which is the only floating National Park in the world is located on the Loktak Lake.
  • The sangai deer which is an endemic and endangered subspecies of brow-antlered deer is found only in the Keibul Lamjao National Park, Manipur.
  • The species is listed as Endangered(EN) in IUCN Red list.