The Odisha Wetland Authority has approved implementation of an integrated management plan of lakes Chilika and Ansupa. The Chilika lake is India’s largest brackish water lagoon and Ansupa is the Odisha’s largest freshwater lake. The 5-year management plan of lakes is intended at strengthening livelihood of thousands of fishermen relying on the two water-bodies at an estimated investment of Rs 180 crore.
The plan will tackle the issue of weed management, soil and moisture conservation in both the wetlands. Chilika lake, the lone brackish water lagoon in Asia, is spread over 1,100 square km in three districts of Khurda, Puri and Ganjam and has been declared a Ramsar site (Wetland of International importance).
Apart from Chilika, 21.23 crore will also be spent for integrated management of Ansupa lake where weed infestation, reduction in open water area and depletion of fishery resources has become a cause of concern. Around 250 fishermen of two nearby villages of Ansupa lake are dependent on it for fishing. Besides, a Self-Help Group is also managing an eco-garden on 382 acres of land around the lake.