The structures have put the Loktak Lake at risk, impacting the natural environment adversely said the Loktak Development Authority project director.
Loktak Development Authority (LDA) on Monday asked all concerned to remove or dismantle structures (athaphums, huts or houses on phumdi including home-stays) within 15 days failing which necessary action will be initiated without further notice.
A notification issued by LDA project director L Bhagaton Singh said that the action has been taken up as the state government is striving hard to rejuvenate the ecological condition of the Loktak Lake and delist it from the Montreux Record.
It may be mentioned that the Montreux Record is a register of wetland sites on the List of Ramsar wetlands of international importance where changes in ecological character have occurred, are occurring, or are likely to occur as a result of technological developments, pollution or other human interference.
L Bhagaton Singh stated that there has been an exponential rise in the numbers of Athaphum, Houses (Home-Stays) and Huts constructed on Phumdi (floating biomass) and these have “put the lake at risk impacting the natural environment adversely”. The LDA also claimed that the home-stays have also become “a social issue as these are operated without proper regulations”.