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Monsoon rains bring cheers, water level rises in Naini lake

The water level has reached one-foot above the normal level. The lake witnessed record 7.10 feet dip in water level last month.

dehradun Updated: Jul 21, 2017 20:51 IST
Kamal Jagati
Kamal Jagati
Hindustan Times
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The clogged Naini Lake’s condition has improved due to incessant rain in the last few days.(HT Photo. )

Debris and smell of dead fishes around Naini Lake here were posing a sorry state of affairs till last month. Thanks to incessant rains for the past few days, the fresh water body’s condition has improved.

The water-level has reached one-foot above the normal level. The lake witnessed record 7.10 feet dip in water-level last month.

“In fact, the water-level starting falling from February 13 and could only achieve normal level this month. The lake has now reached 1.2-foot mark due to healthy rainfall of 2352.31 mm,” said Kishan Ram, the gauge controller for the Naini lake.

Mahendra Pal, an assistant engineer with public works department said 62 drains constructed during the British raj in the catchment area around the lake were bringing a good amount of water to the lake.

“The rains have also helped in rejuvenating several natural springs that help in maintaining water level around the year,” said the engineer.

Learning from previous experiences when earth moving machines were used to clear debris causing further damage to the fragile eco-system, the administration this time deployed labourers to manually clear the debris.

Concerned with the condition of the lake, the people hailing from the lake town formed a group called ‘Citizens for Nainital’. It, in a bid to sensitise localities, organised a bare foot walk in May.

The founder of the group, Neeta Pawar Rana, said: “The members are putting in ideas and following up with the district level officials for a long term plan to save the Naini lake from dying.”

Another meeting of the group is scheduled on Saturday.

Environmentalist Ajay Rawat said the main reason behind the lake’s depletion was the heavy usage of lake water to meet the demand. In peak time, 15 million litres water required every day for the town to cater locals and tourists.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 20:48 IST