Centre assures support for restoration of lake in Tripura

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Agartala, Sep 23 (UNI) The Centre has assured financial support to restore the 13th National Lake Rudrasagar and Lake Palace Neermahal to its lost glory.

Responding to the request of the Tripura government, a high-level experts team, led by Joint Secretary of the Forest and Environment Ministry G Balachandran, visited the area and held several meetings with the local people and administration during the past two days.

Talking to UNI here today, Mr Balachandran said, ''We have received a comprehensive project proposal for increasing navigation as well as aforestation programmes along the catchment areas of the lake and the ministry is keen to restore the lake for protection of bio-diversity.'' According to environmentalists, the human intervention in the lake basin over the past 75 years had already changed its macro environmental status while unabated development activities in surrounding areas of the palace as well as the conceptual change in utilisation of the lake were the main causes of eco-destruction of the monument.

''The Maharaja of Tripura had constructed the palace as a summer resort but now it is being used as a spot of winter tourism, which is the main reason for its lost glory,'' leading environmentalist Dr Arjun Kumar Dey said.

UNI

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