Fewa Lake decreasing rapidly in area
22nd Mar, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew
POKHARA, Mar 22: The total area of the famous Fewa Lake has been decreasing at an alarming pace due to illegal and unplanned road developments around the region. The area of Fewa Lake has decreased to 9,000 ropanis from 22,000 ropanis.
The Village Development Committee had built around 2 dozen gravel roads near the Fewa Lake's source without proper planning and assessment of environmental effects. The haphazard work done to build the roads caused soil, rocks, and other debris to fall into the river in large quantities, quickly filling up the river's depths and decreasing its area significantly. Professor Doctor Devendra Bahadur Lamichhane said that the construction of these roads were done without assessment of its environmental effects.
Studies have shown that 142 thousand metric tons of debris is deposited in the lake every year by way of the Harpan River source. Activities from more than two dozen settlements including Sedi, Makunde, Pame, Chainpur, Chisapani, etc. affect the Fewa Lake significantly. District Forest Officer of Kaski, Kedar Baral, said that residents of these settlements have to be made aware of their role in the lake's preservation.
As the region lies in a steep place, landslides are a common occurrence. The debris from the landslides deposit at the Fewa Lake after causing devastation to more than 600 families in the region. Local Daam Bahadur Bishwakarma says that although the Green Forest Program has been helping in damage minimalization, there has not been any government initiative for the settlement's reestablishment.
The Green Forest Program uses local volunteers to put up nets at landslide-prone areas. Bishwakarma said that although the District Coordination Committee and Land Conservation Office have supported the initiative by providing nets, they have shown no interest in long-term planning to eradicate the problem entirely. Another local, Santa Bahadur Sunar, said that people are not in a position to stop farming activities, but years of agriculture has put the entire settlement at risk. He added that any scientific plan to control this problem might give them an opportunity to save Fewa lake itself.