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Land that floats – Loktak Lake, Manipur

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Loktak Lake

Have you ever imagine of standing on a lake that floats? Well, if you want the witness of this majestic scenario Loktak Lake in Bishnupur district of Manipur, which is popularly known as Floating Lake. It is the only floating lake of the world & the largest freshwater lake in North- Eastern India. Due to its floating phumdis, those are clusters of organic components like vegetation & soil the lake floats.  This lake broadens over an area of 300 square meters and serves as an origin of livelihood for its dwellers.  A tourist house called Sendra Tourist Home, located on that lake.

This primitive lake plays a major role in the economy of Manipur. It serves as a source of water for hydropower generation, irrigation, and mainly for drinking water supply.

Biodiversity of this lake –

Rich biodiversity with habitat multifariousness recorded during a scientific survey & that it carried out between January 2000 and December 2002 in different habitat patches of the lake. The lake’s rich biological diversity comprises 233 species of aquatic saprophytes of emergent, submerging, free-floating, and rooted floating leaf types. However, in the decreasing trend of vegetation, the important floras were recorded.

Vegetation of this floating land –

The dense vegetation of the phumdis recorded were Eichhornia crassipes, Phragmites karka, Oryza sativa, Zizania latifolia, Erianthus ravennae & much more.

Aquafauna –

Fish yield from the lake reported being about 1,500 tonnes every year. The State Fishery Department has introduced millions of fingerlings of the Indian and exotic major carps. Natural capture fishery without the requirement of any lease or license was also in the fascination of the lake. The lake fishery is now a mixture of apprehend and cultural systems. 

The National Park –

The Keibul Lamjao National Park which is the accommodation for more than 220 aquatic plant species, 420 animal species and over 100 species of birds.

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