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Happy Tidings On World Wildlife Week, Komlakhong: Lifeline For Sangai

IMPHAL, Oct 7 : The Komlakhong route option did not register in their mind, when the experts from the Delhi firm and LDA ventured into Keibul Lampak National Park, which is home to the rare Sangai, and started clearing the Phumdis from the park thereby posing a threat to the rare animal, but after The Sangai Express published a detailed report of the looming threat, it has been decided that Phumdis from Loktak will be drained into the Manipur river without disturbing Keibul Lamjao National Park through Komlakhong drainage system.

The Komlakhong route option could not have come at a better time than now, as the world is observing the Wildlife Week.

This was disclosed by Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) Dr S Singsit while speaking to a team of media persons today.

On the report published in The Sangai Express that a good number of pine trees have started withering in Ukhrul district, Dr Singsit said that a team of scientist from Indian Council of Forestry and Research will be approached to study the situation and prescribe necessary procedures to arrest situation.

Talking to media persons on the sidelines of the Wildlife Week observance at Manipur Zoological Garden at Iroisemba today, Dr Singsit informed that a decision to this effect was adopted during a meeting presided over by Chief Minister yesterday.

Dr Singsit said that the meeting discussed the issue related to the removal of Phumdis from Loktak Lake and the Chief Minister has agreed to the proposal of the Forest Dept that Keibul Lamjao National Park should not be disturbed.  The meeting also agreed that some Phumdis from Loktak lake would be taken and allowed to grow naturally in parts of the Park where there is only water so as to expand the area of floating bio-masses of the Park, he added.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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