Bhubaneswar: The State Wetlands Authority today approved funds of Rs 158 crore for the overall development of Chilika lake.
This was decided in a high-level meeting of the State Wetlands Authority presided over by Odisha Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh at the Lok Seva Bhavan at the state capital.
Officials said that a five-year integrated plan has been chalked out for the Chilika lake. “Implementation of the plan will provide livelihood support to about 2 lakh fishermen of 151 villages around the Chilika Lake. Besides, the environment of the lake will also be protected,” said a forest official.
Around 2 lakh people depend on fishing from the lake spread over 1100 square kilometres in three districts of Khordha, Puri and Ganjam. Recent research had revealed the presence of 335 species of fish at the lake which has been designated as a Ramsar site (Wetland of International Importance).
Similarly, a budgetary allocation of Rs 21.23 crore has also been approved today for development of Ansupa lake. This will benefit about 250 fishermen residing in the nearby two villages.