Researched Study on Why Lake Chandubi in Assam Becomes Shallow | Guwahati News

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Guwahati: One of the state’s biggest tourist attractions, Lake Chandubi, is dying as the water has halved, forest department officials have revealed.
Worried about the fate of the body of water, which is home to various species of flora and fish, the Loharghat Range Office, which oversees the area in the Assam-Meghalaya border area in Kamrup district, wrote to the Divisional Forest Officer (West Kamrup ), calling for urgent study by bringing in experts to find out why the lake has become shallow.
“While the average depth of Lake Chandubi was previously 26 to 27 feet, it is now reduced to around 10 to 12 feet,” Range Officer Shamim Akhter told TOI. She informed that the depth of the water level remains at around 12 feet. near the site picnic area, but in many places it gets shallow. “Over the past decade the lake has shrunk. That’s a concern,” she added.
Chandubi Lake was formed as a post-catastrophic consequence of the tectonic submergence of dense forests, spread over an area of ​​450 hectares during the 1897 earthquake. But forestry officials said the area of ​​the lake had already been reduced to about 350 hectares. . “Desilation in neighboring areas seems to be one of the reasons. But we need to find out the other causes before we lose more areas,” Akhter said.
The eminent American publishers John Wiley & Sons published a chapter on Chandubi Wetland in the book “Wetland Conservation: Current Challenges and Future Strategies”. A chapter titled “Economic Values ​​of the Wetland Ecosystem: A Study of the Emerging Role of Monetary Valuation of the Chandubi Ecosystem and Biodiversity”, has been included in the book, emphasizing the assessment of the Chandubi wetland ecosystem and its rich biodiversity.
A collaborative study carried out last year by independent environmental experts and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said that the Chandubi wetland has immense potential to be designated as a “Ramsar site” of “Wetlands of International Importance” and estimated that the monetary value of Chandubi ranges from a low of US$49 per hectare per year to US$24,390 per hectare per year.
The wetland is located in the middle of the fragile harmony of nature. The Rabha tribes are the local inhabitants settled around the lake.

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